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Living with Oliver Cromwell

October 25, 2012


No, it’s not the name of a new BBC sitcom, but a recent article on the BBC News website raises the dilemma about living with history that isn’t entirely comfortable.

In short, it’s a bit of a middle class problem, the journalist Patrick Howse can’t decide whether to rename a house named after Cromwell his family has inherited.  Is Cromwell a genocidal maniac, religious zealot, or liberator from monarchical tyranny?  Problem is, of course, individuals are never so one-sided, and history is rarely so straightforward to understand.  You can read the article here to find out what conclusion Patrick comes to.

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