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Oliver Cromwell: Lord Protector, 1653-58

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About this Course

About the Course

In this course, Dr David Smith (University of Cambridge) explores the life of Oliver Cromwell during the period when he was Lord Protector, from 1653-1658. We begin by thinking about the creation of the Protectorate in 1653, focusing in particular on Cromwell’s installation as Lord Protector, before moving on in the second module to exploring Cromwell’s relationship with the First Protectorate Parliament. After that, we think about the unsuccessful experiment of the ‘Major-Generals’ between 1655-57 in module three and the offer of the kingship to Cromwell by the Second Protectorate Parliament in module four. In the final module, we consider the last months of the Protectorate and examine the events leading up to und following Cromwell’s death in 1658.

About the Lecturer

David Smith is a Fellow, Lecturer and Director of Studies at Selwyn College, Cambridge. His research interests include British political, constitutional and legal history in the early modern period, especially in the seventeenth century, including the history of Parliament, the nature of monarchy and Royalism, and the career of Oliver Cromwell. He has written and co-edited a range of books on seventeenth century British history, including Royalists and Royalism during the Interregnum Manchester (Manchester University Press, 2010) and The Experience of Revolution in Stuart Britain and Ireland (Cambridge University Press, 2011)