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Milton and the English Civil War: Cromwell

4. Life and Death in the English Civil War

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Lecture

In this module, we provide a general overview of what life was like in the English Civil War, looking in particular at how fighting was conducted and the propaganda that was used by both sides, before examining the Battle of Marston Moor, one of the largest battles ever seen on English soil.

Course

This course provides key historical context for John Milton's 'Paradise Lost', looking in particular at the figure of Oliver Cromwell. The course is divided into eight parts. The first looks at Cromwell's invasion of Ireland (1649-53), before subsequent modules look at his early life, his life as a politician, and then a soldier. The fourth, fifth, and sixth modules look at the English Civil Wars, beginning with a general overview of what life (and death) was like in this period, before examining in more detail the First and Second Civil Wars, ending with the trial and execution of Charles I. In the final two modules, we explore the Interregnum and, finally, the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.

Lecturer

Diane Purkiss is a Professor at Keble College, Oxford. She has published two books on the English Civil War - 'The English Civil War: A People's History' (2006) and 'Literature, Gender, and Politics during the English Civil War' (2005).

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Purkiss, D. (2018, August 15). Milton and the English Civil War: Cromwell - Life and Death in the English Civil War [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/milton-and-the-english-civil-war-cromwell/life-and-death-in-the-english-civil-war-f2b16a19-fb72-4fdc-95a2-eb6b001580a7

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Purkiss, Diane. "Milton and the English Civil War: Cromwell – Life and Death in the English Civil War." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/milton-and-the-english-civil-war-cromwell/life-and-death-in-the-english-civil-war-f2b16a19-fb72-4fdc-95a2-eb6b001580a7