September 04, 2009
Book Review: Cromwell as a Soldier
> >Numerous historians have covered the life of Oliver Cromwell over the years. These works have generally focused on the politics of the era and the political savvy of Cromwell as he rose from representing a small town in the fens as a Member of Parliament to the de facto ruler of England. However, his machinations in Parliament were equaled and even surpassed by his success as a military leader. Captain Walter H. James of the British Army commissioned the book Cromwell as a Soldier as one in a collection of military histories in the late 19th Century named after and endorsed by Major General Sir Garnett Wolseley. Written by Lieutenant Colonel Thomas S. Baldock in 1899, this volume delves into the military actions and progression of both Cromwell and what would become his New Model Army. His contention that Cromwell was a military genius is well supported by outstanding sources and pertinent quotes from the subject and his contemporaries. The presentation is detailed and interesting, bringing to light many facts and realizations about the military leader.
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