“Rich and extraordinary.” The New York Times
The Lord Protector
978-0-8021-3766-1 • $22.00 • Paperback • Feb. 2001
No Englishman has had a greater impact on the history of his nation, and no one has been more consistently misunderstood and misrepresented. He called himself Oliver Protector while others called him traitor, usurper, hypocritical, and cruel. Still others found him broad-minded, tolerant, passionately religious, and ferociously moral.
The author of the brilliant and best-selling Mary Queen of Scots gives us a magnificent biography of a complex and enigmatic Oliver Cromwellthe young radical agitator on behalf of the poor commoners, the confident and victorious general during the Civil War, the nervous politician on the eve of King Charles’s execution, and the man who, in a savage outburst of Puritan hatred, commanded the massacre of a thousand people in the streets. In this fascinating and revisionist biography, Fraser shows us the many sides of the man who ultimately led England to a new conception of government and religious freedom, replete with his dynamic complexities, shortcoming, and unforgettable strengths.