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Case study 2: New government - Source 5

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A picture showing Cromwell at the Battle of Worcester, 1651

(Cromwelliana: A chronological detail of events in which Oliver Cromwell was engaged from the year 1642 to his death 1658. Published by Machell Stace, Westminster, 1810)

Cromwelliana, the Battle of Worcester, 1651

What is this source?

This picture is an engraving showing Cromwell fighting at the Battle of Worcester in 1651.


What's the background to this source?

This was a battle between Oliver Cromwell’s forces and the Scottish army led by the son of Charles I (also called Charles).


It's worth knowing that...

Cromwell defeated Charles II at the Battle of Worcester. This battle destroyed Royalist resistance to Cromwell. It also brought Scotland under English control.


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