The Cromwell Association is delighted to announce this new essay prize, aimed at all students between the ages of 16 to 19 years. We would like you to write a response to the question:

“To what extent was Oliver Cromwell responsible for Parliament’s victory in the First Civil War?”

Essays should be no more than 2000 words, and should be submitted, in Word format (docx), to by 29th July 2022. Professor Peter Gaunt, President of the Cromwell Association will decide the final winner and the result will be announced soon after, with a presentation at Cromwell Day in early September.

The prize winner will receive a personal cheque for £150 and his/her school will be invited to become a member of the Cromwell Association Schools website. In addition, the winning essay will be published on our website and also in Cromwelliana, our academic publication. What better way to impress in a UCAS statement!

Frederic Borch III, winner of the Cromwell prize in 1975 for his essay, ‘Cromwell: Dictator or Constitutionalist?’ and a life member of the Cromwell Association, is the Regimental historian and Archivist for the US Army’s Judge Advocate General’s corps. He served 25 years as an Army lawyer before retiring as a colonel and has been a legal historian since 2006. We are very grateful to him for his generosity in funding this essay prize.