God's Instruments: Political Conduct in the England of Oliver Cromwell
Its theme is the relationship between the beliefs or convictions of politicians and their decisions and actions. Blair Worden explores the biblical dimension of Puritan politics; the ways that a belief in the workings of divine providence affected political conduct; Cromwell's commitment to liberty of conscience and his search for godly reformation through educational reform; the constitutional premises of his rule and those of his opponents in the struggle for supremacy between parliamentary and military rule; the relationship between conceptions of civil and religious liberty. The conflicts Worden reconstructs are placed in the perspective of long-term developments, of which historians have lost sight, in ideas about parliament and about freedom. The final chapters turn to the guiding convictions of two writers at the heart of politics, John Milton and the royalist Edward Hyde, the future Earl of Clarendon. Material from previously published essays, much of it expanded and extensively revised, comes together with freshly written chapters.
The essays have been carefully revised, a new introduction glues them together, and a meticulously comprehensive index makes for easy cross referencing. Much scholarship is paraded here ... insights and pithy verdicts abound. [Worden] writes in a gently argumentative way, engaging with other historians without being brutal or belittling. (R. C Richardson, Times Higher Education)a coherence that sheds so much light on Cromwell's reign that it dazzles ... quite simply indispensable. (Adrian Tinniswood, Literary Review)The resulting volume will of course be indispensable for fellow specialists; but it also offers a fine introduction, for the general reader, to some of the best modern historical thinking on the political and mental worlds of the Cromwellian era. (Noel Malcolm, Standpoint)It is a collection which deserves to be and will be ... treasured, and revisited for its salutary and important wisdom. (Professor Martyn Bennett, Reviews in History)this is a vibrant and compelling examination of the (religiously informed and shaped) government and politics of the English republic and of its charismatic leading figure, Oliver Cromwell. (Peter Gaunt, Journal of Ecclesiastical History)
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