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The following debates were held at The Cromwell Association’s Teachers Day at St Anne’s College, Oxford on 27 June 2017.
Professor Ronald Hutton and Professor Edward Vallance debate, chaired by Professor Ann Hughes.
Did Cromwell become Lord Protector in 1653 in order to return
England to political stability?
Professor Ann Hughes and Professor Ronald Hutton debate, chaired by Dr Elaine Murphy.
Many modern historians consider Cromwell’s religious views
to be sincere, so why did several contemporaries consider
him a hypocrite?
Dr Elaine Murphy and Professor Edward Vallance debate, chaired by Professor Ann Hughes.
In the light of events in Ireland, can Cromwell be said
to be a war criminal?
Professor Ronald Hutton
Ronald Hutton is Professor of History in the University of Bristol and Associate Dean of its Faculty of Arts, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries, the Learned Society of Wales, and the British Academy. He is the historian on the board of trustees which runs English Heritage, and chair of the Blue Plaques panel which awards commemorative plaques to historic buildings. He has published fifteen books and seventy-five essays on a wide range of subjects including British history between 1400 and 1700, ancient and modern paganism in Britain, the British ritual year, and Siberian shamanism.
Dr Elaine Murphy
Dr Elaine Murphy is a Lecturer in Maritime History at the University of Plymouth. Her research focuses on naval history in the 17th century with a focus on the period of the Civil Wars. Elaine’s new research examines the role of women and the navy in the 17th century. She has previously worked on the 1641 Depositions Project in Trinity College Dublin and the New Edition of Oliver Cromwell’s Writings and Speeches Project at the University of Cambridge. She is a co-editor of Volume II of this new edition which covers the period from 1649 to 1653 and includes Cromwell’s campaigns in Ireland and Scotland. Her publications include Ireland and the War at Sea, 1641-1653 (2012), The 1641 Depositions and the Irish Rebellion (edited collection, 2012). She is the co-author of a forthcoming book on the navy during the 1640s entitled The British Civil Wars at Sea (Boydell and Brewer. November 2017 with Richard Blakemore).
Professor Edward Vallance
Edward (Ted) Vallance is Professor of early modern British political culture at the University of Roehampton and has previously taught at the universities of Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool. He is the author of A Radical History of Britain (Little, Brown and Co, 2009), The Glorious Revolution (Little, Brown and Co., 2006) and Revolutionary England and the National Covenant (Boydell, 2005). With Harald Braun he has edited two volumes on conscience and casuistry in early modern Europe: Contexts of Conscience (Palgrave, 2004) and The Renaissance Conscience (Wiley Blackwell, 2011). His articles have featured in Albion, English Historical Review, Historical Journal, Historical Research, History Workshop Journal, The Huntington Library Quarterly, Journal of British Studies, Renaissance Studies, and The Seventeenth Century. Aside from academic journals, he has also written for the Guardian, History Today, Literary Review, New Statesman, Al Jazeera (Eng.), BBC History Magazine, and Teaching History, and contributed to documentaries on British, Dutch and French television and radio. He is currently completing a monograph on loyalty and the emergence of a political public – working title Cromwell’s Trunks – to be published by Manchester University Press.
Professor Ann Hughes
Ann Hughes has recently retired from Keele University, where she was Professor of Early Modern History for almost twenty years. Her research focuses on the religious and political implications of the revolutionary crisis in mid-seventeenth century Britain, with particular recent interests in print culture and modes of communication, in preaching and in gender. She is the author many essays and articles, and of four books: Politics, Society and Civil War in Warwickshire (Cambridge University Press, 1987); The Causes of the English Civil War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd edition, 1998); Gangraena and the Struggle for the English Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2004), and Gender and the English Revolution (Routledge, 2011), and co-edited, with Thomas Corns and David Loewenstein, The Complete Works of the radical visionary, Gerrard Winstanley (Oxford University Press, 2009). She is currently working on parliamentarian preaching in the 1640s, supported by a Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellowship.
The following debates were held at The Cromwell Association’s Teachers Day at Newnham College, Cambridge on 28 June 2016.
Dr David Smith and Professor Jason Peacey debate, chaired by Dr Patrick Little.
Did parliament win the civil war or did the royalists lose it?
Professor Jason Peacey and Dr Laura Stewart debate, chaired by Dr David Smith.
To what extent was parliament more to blame than Charles I
for the failure of settlement 1646-9?
The following lectures were given to The Cromwell Association’s Study Day at The City Temple, London on 3 October 2015.
Professor John Morrill, Vice-President of the Associatiom
Welcome and introduction
Dr Elliott Vernon, London
Oliver Cromwell, Presbyterians and Presbyterianism
Anne Hughes, Emeritus Professor, University of Keele
The public profession of the nation: religious liberty and the
English church under Oliver Cromwell
Dr Kate Peters, University of Cambridge
The Quakers and the politics of the army, 1647-59
Dr John Halcombe, University of East Anglia
Cromwell, Independency and Public Reputation
The following three lectures were given to The Cromwell Association’s Teacher’s Day at Selwyn College, Cambridge on 30 June 2015.
Professor Ronald Hutton and Professor John Morrill debate. Chaired by Dr Patrick Little.
Cromwell and Military Dictatorship: to what extent did the
government of the Protectorate rest solely on bayonets?
Professor John Morrill and Dr Patrick Little debate. Chaired by Dr David Smith.
Cromwell and the Crown: what does Cromwell's eventual rejection
of the Crown tell us about his motives and aspirations?
Dr David Smith and Professor Ronald Hutton debate. Chaired by Dr Patrick Little.
1658-60: was Richard Cromwell's failure inevitable given the tensions
following his father's death?
We are grateful to the Princes Trust for the following three lectures from eminent historians, Jason Peacey, David Smith and Peter Gaunt.
Dr Jason Peacey of University College London, (PDF to accompany lecture)
Healing and settling in Cromwellian England; the view from the
Dr David Smith of Cambridge University,
Oliver Cromwell and the People of God
Professor Peter Gaunt, University of Chester,
Secular sources of Oliver Cromwell's power during the 1650s
The late, great Barry Coward,
Was the Protectorate a military dictatorship?
Professor John Morrill,
The religious context of the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland
Debate chaired by Dr David Smith between Dr.Micheal O Siochru (Trinity College Dublin) and
Dr Jason Peacey (University College London) to the Cromwell Association 19 October,
Drogheda and Wexford: what did happen?
Professor Peter Gaunt, University of Chester
Cromwell's contribution to Parliament's military
Doctor David Applepby, University of Nottingham
Cromwell's whelps and rebels, disbanding the Old Army
The following audio lectures can be found on The Historical Association website.
- Dr Jason Peacey, UCL, The Trial of Charles I
- Professor Peter Gaunt, Chair of the Cromwell Association, Oliver Cromwell
- Professor Peter Gaunt, The Commonwealth, Protectorate and Radicalism