God's Executioner : Oliver Cromwell and the Conquest of Ireland Paperback
Cromwell spent only nine months of his eventful life in Ireland, yet he stands accused there of war crimes, religious persecution and ethnic cleansing.
In a century of unrelenting, bloody warfare and religious persecution throughout Europe, Cromwell was, in many ways, a product of his times.
As commander-in-chief of the army in Ireland, however, the responsibilities for the excesses of the military must be laid firmly at his door, while the harsh nature of the post-war settlement also bears his personal imprint.
A warrior of Christ, somewhat like the crusaders of medieval Europe, he acted as God's executioner, convinced throughout the horrors of the legitimacy of his cause, and striving to build a better world for the chosen few.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 01/06/2009
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780571218462