Open Educational Resources

'A World Turned Upside Down'? Revolutionary England from Civil War to Cromwell

We will explore one of the most turbulent periods in English history: the Civil War and Cromwellian era. This was a period which lives long in popular memory with its vivid imagery of pious roundheads and dashing cavaliers, of a defiant Charles I, and a puritanical Cromwell. Yet these images tell us only half the story. In these troubled times England not only lost a king, and gained a ‘Lord Protector’, but created the first modern republic - and the first modern dictatorship. In the process, it truly was a ‘world turned upside down’, as we will discover, as we seek to understand how the English people reacted to this first great modern revolt. Finally, we will examine the circumstances surrounding the collapse of ‘Godly Rule’, and discuss why England returned to the system of monarchy.

Date created:

2019-01-30 10:20
Course type: 

Resources for this course

Displaying 1 - 6 of 6
Type Resource Description People Full details
Link Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, 1651

Full text of Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, 1651

Link John Locke, Second Treatise of Government, 1690

John Locke, Second Treatise of Government, 1690

Link BCW Project - British Civil Wars, Commonwealth and Protectorate

Offers a vast range of material on the Civil Wars

Link Assessing Cromwell’s Legacy

Article from the New Statesman, December, 2010

Link The Life and Impact of Charles I

A short biography of Charles I from Banqueting House - the site where he was executed!

Link A guide to the Civil War and Cromwellian period

From the National Archives Education department: geared to schools but with some excellent sources - click on the questions shown and you can...