A look at Oliver Cromwell, a divisive but significant figure in British history. We consider what made him so unpopular, his achievements in government and on the battlefield, his early life and his grisly afterlife.


What You’ll HearThe death mask of Oliver Cromwell

  • 0:53: Cromwell’s early life
  • 1:23: The start of his political career
  • 2:05: Cromwell as army commander
  • 3:06: The Lord Protector
  • 3:48: Why Cromwell was unpopular
  • 4:16: Cromwell’s death mask & afterlife


Prefer to read? Click here for the transcript – no email required! This episode was inspired by a blog post about masks, which included a section on Oliver Cromwell’s death mask.

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