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God's Instruments: Political Conduct in the England of Oliver Cromwell

Blair Worden


The Puritan Revolution escaped the control of its creators. The parliamentarians who went to war with Charles I in 1642 did not want or expect the fundamental changes that would follow seven years later: the trial and execution of the king, the abolition of the House of Lords, and the creation of the only republic in English history. There were startling and unexpected developments, too, in religion and ideas: the spread of unorthodox doctrines; the attainment of a wide measure of liberty of conscience; new thinking about the moral and intellectual bases of politics and society. This volume ce ... More

Keywords: Cromwell, providence, puritan, liberty, toleration, commonwealth, Charles I, regicide, Oxford, university

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199570492
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570492.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Blair Worden, author
Visiting Professor of History, and Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford Unversity