Oliver Cromwell: England’s Lord Protector

Until his involvement in the English Civil War Oliver Cromwell had no experience as a soldier, let alone as a general of a vast, recognizably modern army. Yet within a couple of years he had created a ruthless, efficient force which destroyed all opposition. He was sustained by his unyielding faith in God and his Destiny, and shunned the trappings of wealth and power. Even today opinions are sharply divided on the merits of this extraordinary man. He was even offered the Crown of England, but he refused it, hoping to retire to his beloved Fenland.