God's Executioner : Oliver Cromwell and the Conquest of Ireland Paperback / softback
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 / softback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 04/06/2009
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780571218462