Journals Higher Education



Published: 17 May 2001

272 Pages | 1 Maps

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719060656

Bookseller Code (06)


Cromwells major-generals

Godly government during the English Revolution

Christopher Durston

Published by Manchester University Press

Politics Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain MUP

  • The first full-scale study of the rule of Cromwell's major-generals over England and Wales during 1655 and 1656
  • This is a period which had a dramatic impact upon contemporaries and has remained a powerful symbol of military rule down to the present day
  • Contains chapters on the three most important aspects of the major-generals' work: the collection of the decimation tax; the attempt to improve the security of the regime; and the struggle to build the 'Godly Nation'
  • Concludes with an investigation of the 1656 election and the major-generals subsequent unexpected fall from power
  • Fills a major gap in the historiography of Cromwellian England