The English Republic: 1649-1660
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Barnard examines the complicated events which led to the execution in 1649 of Charles I and then traces the political experimentation which followed. The book shows how the radicalism of those who had made the revolution, notably Oliver Cromwell, was tempered by the urgency of day-to-day tasks. The conquest of Ireland and Scotland, and their incorporation into the British state are examined.