Oliver Cromwell: Hero or Villain

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Oliver Cromwell is one of those heroic figures who contributed their entire lives to take back the tradition of England, which was damaged by King Charles I. Cromwell however isn't a typical hero- in actually many people would even consider him to be a villain. Cromwell is a controversial figure who still has people wondering. Even now, people are still arguing his place in history- hero or villain?Ever since Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England there have been different views to whether he was a hero or a villain. Many years ago historians considered Cromwell to be a great leader. But some present historians believe that Cromwell is an inhuman monster because of the way he had slaughtered the Irish.

When Cromwell had guided his new model army to victory over King Charles's royalists everyone in England was confused and worried about what would happen to an England without a monarchy.

In England there was a triangle that showed who had more power. At the top there was god, and then there would be gods chosen one, the king. After that there would be the noblemen then the gentry then the yeomen and then the peasants. But now that the king had gone everyone was thinking that the whole feudal system would collapse. Noblemen started to worry as they thought they would lose all of heir property. But right down at the bottom of the feudal system, the peasants, were jumping for joy as they thought that the feudal system would be scrapped and that they wouldn't have to be slave no more.

Everyone was saying that the world is going to turn upside down. People started to form different groups. There was a group called the Diggers who believed that everyone ha a right to share the farmland.