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Cromwell'S Major-Generals Godly Government During the English Revolution by Christopher Durston

Cromwell'S Major-Generals Godly Government During the English Revolution

Part of the Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain Series


Cromwell'S Major-Generals Godly Government During the English Revolution by Christopher Durston

The first full-scale study of the rule of Cromwell's major-generals over England and Wales during 1655 and 1656. This is a period which had a dramatic impact upon contemporaries and has remained a powerful symbol of military rule down to the present day. Contains chapters on the three most important aspects of the major-generals' work: the collection of the decimation tax; the attempt to improve the security of the regime; and the struggle to build the 'Godly Nation'. Concludes with an investigation of the 1656 election and the major-generals subsequent unexpected fall from power. Fills a major gap in the historiography of Cromwellian England. -- .


'A splendid book. It illuminates the whole of the 1650s and Cromwell's complex relationship with the people and culture of the time. A tremendous achievement.'
Professor John Morrill, Cambridge University

About the Author

Christopher Durston is Reader in History at St Mary's College, Twickenham -- .

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Book Info

Publication date

17th May 2001


Christopher Durston

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Manchester University Press


272 pages


Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
Politics & government



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