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What kind of ruler was Oliver Cromwell?

Case study 2: Cromwell in the eyes of others – Source 6

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Edmund Ludlow, on reactions to the death of Cromwell

(By permission of Oxford University Press: Firth (ed.), The Memoirs of Edmund Ludlow, Lieutenant-General of the Horse in the Army of the Commonwealth of England, 1625-1672, Vol. II, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1894, pp.45-6)

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Memoirs of Edmund Ludlow, 1625-1672

What is this source?

This is an extract from the Memoirs of Edmund Ludlow. It was published in the early 1700s.


What's the background to this source?

Ludlow was an opponent of Charles I, but he also fell out with Oliver Cromwell.


It's worth knowing that...

After Cromwell’s death there was the problem of who would rule the country.


Your turn: What can we learn from this source?

  1. What can we tell about Cromwell’s rule from this source?
  2. What were the different reactions to his death?
  3. Who were the different groups competing for power after his death?
  4. What overall impression does this source give of what people thought of Cromwell?