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Oliver Cromwell (1599)

A controversial figure in English history, Cromwell was a leader of the parliamentary forces that battled the royalists in the English Civil War. After the execution of Charles I in 1649, Cromwell became lord protector and virtual dictator of England and raised his country's status once more to that of a leading European power by means of a strict military administration and the enforcement of the Puritan moral code. What did the royalists do to his corpse when they returned to power in 1660? More...
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After his death in 1658 he was buried in Westminster Abbey, but after the Royalists returned to power in 1660 they had his corpse dug up, hung in chains, and beheaded.

I bet that taught him a lesson!
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Scarlett Lane

There is a street in Drogheda named after Oliver Cromwell’s work there; it is called Scarlett Lane for the blood which flowed down its streets. Why was Cromwell in Ireland and why in Drogheda ?


Cromwell, Oliver: Tyranny of 1649
Oliver Cromwell came to Ireland in 1649 as head of the English army that was given the task of suppressing those Royalists who wanted to restore the English monarchy. The monarch, Charles I, had been beheaded in 1649 after losing a civil war to the forces of Parliament. Of course, many still had loyalty to the king and his son whom they wanted to install as Charles II , and many of those loyalists were in Ireland . Not only was there Irish support for a monarchy, but also there was hope that Charles II would repay the Irish for its support by granting freedom of worship to the Roman Catholics. The first order of business of the new Council of State which succeeded the monarchy as ruler of England was to regain control of Ireland , and Oliver Cromwell, who had proven himself an able military commander during the civil war, was sent to Ireland to reestablish suzerainty over Ireland .
Arriving in Dublin on August 15, 1649, Cromwell thrilled the crowd at his welcoming with a promise to carry on “the great work against the barbarous and blood-thirsty Irish.” He chose an assault on Drogdeha, north of Dublin , as a useful lesson to all of Ireland that if they resist his assertion of English control of Ireland there would be an “effusion of blood.” Drogheda , located on the River Boyne, was well fortified by a wall which surrounded it. Its defenses were led by Sir Arthur Aston with 3000 Royalists. Cromwell had 8000 troops, called his Ironsides, disciplined, daring, fanatical, and papist hating, and the best artillery of the time which easily breached the fortified walls of Drogheda . As customary, Cromwell asked for the city’s surrender with the promise of no reprisals. Aston refused to surrender, and the assault began on September 11, 1649. First, the Church of St. Mary was subject to bombardment and later St. Peter’s Church was set afire. When found, Aston was bludgeoned to death by his own wooden leg. The defenders put up a vigorous defense but when Drogheda fell, 3500 defenders and civilians of the city had been killed. Captured soldiers were sent to Barbados , and those brought to Dublin as prisoners were assigned backbreaking and dangerous work with scant rations, no shoes, no shelter, and tattered clothes. The lucky ones were sent to the West Indies . Hence, in Drogheda there is a street named Scarlett.

You think about if Cromwell was a hero or villain...

Irish Cultural Society of the Garden City Area
http://www.irish-society.org/home/hedgemaster-archives-2/people/cromwell-oliver-tyranny-of-1649
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"Everyone" agrees that it was wrong to murder the king.

But more and more people are probably wondering whether having a king in 2014 is such a good idea. The idea of a family having special privileges throughout many generations does seem rather out of step with the times.

Of course, it is a good idea to separate the roles of head of state and head of government.

Here in United States, the office of president combines both roles.

In some countries, the president is just a figurehead. Someone who is usually respected by everyone.

The government is run by a prime minister, who is loved by some, disliked by others.

Some Americans probably wish that we had a head of state who was respected by everyone.

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