Michael Combs II
Oliver Cromwell is one of the most important figures in English and British history. He was a dynamic leader, minor country gentlemen, and a military genius. Being an English soldier, he made many contributions to the army that led them to victory in different battles. Oliver Cromwell was a major figure in a chain of events that shaped British government.
Oliver Cromwell was born in Huntingdon in the fenlands of East Anglia on April 25, 1599 and was baptized there four days later (Gaunt 20). The Cromwell’s were one of the hundred wealthiest families in Huntingdonshire. Cromwell was one of ten children and his parents were Robert and Elizabeth Cromwell. Cromwell attended Huntingdon Grammar School and was taught by a school master by the name of Thomas Beard from 1610 to 1616. Cromwell studied at Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge, but his father’s death forced him to leave before getting his degree (Fetzer 151). Very little is known about Cromwell’s childhood and adolescence only because in his later speeches, Cromwell did not mention his early life or childhood. Before Cromwell became a JP (Justice of the Peace, the county magistrates) he worked several jobs to make ends meet. A JP’s job was to control the peace inside and outside the city, kind of like a negotiator of peace. Cromwell would go around the city and apprehend anybody violating a law. Cromwell worked as a farmer and a rent collector for a short period of time. He worked these two jobs just to be able to afford everyday necessities.
One of Cromwell’s achievements was when he became one of the power brokers in Parliament by the late 1640’s. From the beginning of this election to parliament he was a go getter, and a politician who was not afraid to challenge an order. He was one of the first people ever to call for the established Church to be recognized and known for what they do. Cromwell wanted to give the church...
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