Oliver Cromwell - Good or Evil? Essay

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Was Oliver Cromwell Good Or Evil
After the Civil War, Oliver Cromwell took over as protector of England. There are many different interpretations of him for example, the Jews thought Cromwell was a hero however the evidence more strongly suggests that he was a villain.
The poor believe he was a hero because he gave them the extra tax money that was increased on the rich. This shows he had no care for the people that help him in Parliament and in other areas of managing England, such as controlling land.
The Puritans also thought he was a hero as he was introducing a Puritan lifestyle. However, this is not correctly true as he and some other Puritan leaders made this lifestyle in the Civil War for the New Model Army and therefore he
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He then comisioned the Burford Church Incident in which Cromwell captured 300 Levellers, locked them in a church and made them watch their leaders get shot.
The Irish hated Cromwell as he became a tyrant in Ireland. He killed and exported Irish Catholics, regardless of age or gender, again contradicting his own laws. The 12,000 exported went to the West Indies, showing the amount killed. After he had taken over Ireland, he imlanted English Protestants to control and rule over the land.
The rich did not like Cromwell as he increased taxes on them which was given to the poor. They believed their hard earned (& inherited) money should not be given to peasants who scavenge for work just to slightly improve their life.
The royalists liked the monarchy and fought with the king in the Civil War. Oliver Cromwell killed their king, he was the enemy and he abolished the monarchy, obviously causing a hatred for Cromwell. They thought of the king as a father and leader and the monarchy was the only way of life they knew.
The forced (& adopted) Puritan lifestyle in England was the complete opposite lifestyle of what the non-Puritans wanted to live. They were used to the swearing, drinking, gambling, sport, theatre or anything relatively sociable. These were part of a non-Puritan lifestyle which got taken away from them.
Conclusively, I think the evidence strongly suggests that Cromwell was a villain. This is because the Puritan lifestyle he enforced

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