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Unformatted text preview: Cromwell grew to be an athletic, boisterous boy who enjoyed playing practical jokes. He received his boyhood education from a Puritan minister by the name of Thomas Beard. Dr. Beard was rector of the local parish, as well as the headmaster of the local school and the author of several plays and theological tracts. One of those treatises, which Cromwell very likely read, was called The Theatre of God's Judgments. Later, in 1625, Beard wrote a tract that attempted to prove that the Catholic pope was the antichrist. It is unknown, however, exactly how much of Beard's Puritan beliefs were passed on to the young Cromwell. Some historians tend to doubt that Cromwell developed any deep religious fervor at this stage of his life. On the other hand, he was taught from an early age to detest Roman Catholicism as a corrupt, superstitious, and politically dangerous...
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08
- Oliver Cromwell