Oliver Cromwell: Hero or Villain?

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There have been a lot of heroic figures throughout the history of world. They contributed their lives to their own nations, and sacrificed themselves as victims in order to achieve better goodness. Oliver Cromwell is one of those heroic figures who contributed his entire life to take back the tradition of England, which was deteriorated by King Charles I. Cromwell however isn't a typical hero- in actual facts many people wouldn't even consider him to be a hero at all. Cromwell is a controversial figure who still has people wondering. Even now in the new millennium, people are still contemplating his place in history- hero or villain? Cromwell proudly took his place in a documentary on the top ten best Britons, and ironically, also in the…show more content…
His ambition overtook him and he crushed us underfoot and all that would oppose him he had removed." A man named Edmund Ludlow wrote this quote in 1698, Ludlow had fought alongside Cromwell but disagreed with him taking control of the country in 1654. This quote is not biased as Source A shows that Ludlow had no problems with Cromwell at first, but then later found himself disagreeing with Cromwell's actions. This goes to show how Cromwell turned own his own people by turning on his own words, and beliefs.

John Lilburne a leveller also quoted earlier in 1649, "I would rather live seven years under the old king's government at its worse than under this government. We were ruled before by king, lords, and Commons. Now we are ruled by a general, courts martial and the Commons. What's the difference?" Lilburne was a leveller who believed that Cromwell betrayed them by refusing to give ordinary people the vote; he wanted an all adult males to have the vote, and also wanted social reform to help the poor. The levellers had support in London, and also in the army. And when Cromwell betrayed them, they began to cause trouble in the army, so Cromwell suppressed them, a number of army levellers who were leading it were shot.

Cromwell was undoubtedly wrong to execute the Levellers, as they had been loyal and fought for him in the New Model Army. Without their help, Cromwell wouldn't have got very far as his army wouldn't have been much without
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