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Cromwell and the Interregnum: The Essential Readings by David Lee Smith

By David Lee Smith

This publication brings jointly 8 of the main influential fresh articles on Oliver Cromwell and the Interregnum. Brings jointly seminal articles on Oliver Cromwell and the Interregnum. Illuminates the character of Cromwell and his achievements. comprises remedies of eire and Scotland along dialogue of britain. Editorial fabric introduces scholars to the historiographical concerns.

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Although God loved to melt the soul with mercies, He sometimes needed to scourge it with judgements. So adversity might be a sign of grace. Yet other, less assuring explanations were possible. , iii, pp. 53–4. , ii, p. 190. , i, p. 646. Cf. , i, p. 698, ii, p. 103; John Bond, Ortus Accidentalis (London, 1645), p. 34. 11 Abbott, iii, p. 590. 12 Might not the saints’ difficulties signify the withdrawal of His presence from them? Might He not be angry with them? That a wrathful God providentially punishes sin, and takes vengeance upon it in order to vindicate His honour, was a seventeenth-century commonplace, which Cromwell’s mentor and friend Thomas Beard wrote a long and famous book to illustrate.

Those victories, wrote Cromwell to Parliament, were ‘seals of God’s approbation of your great change of government’. In a private letter he rejoiced that God still prospered His own work in our hands; which to us is the more eminent because truly we are a company of poor, weak and worthless creatures. Truly our work is neither from our brains nor from our courage or strength, but that we follow the Lord who goeth before, and gather what He scattereth, that so all may appear to be from Him . . What can we say to these things?

22 JOHN MORRILL AND PHILIP BAKER through the existing parliament or formed into a paper constitution approved by the people at large, there remained the question as to whether the king would have any role in that settlement, and if so, at what point he would be consulted or invited to consent to it. Was there to be any future personal treaty with the king and if so with whom? And behind that lay a further question: whether the king, that is King Charles I, should be so consulted and invited; or whether a king should be so consulted and invited.

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