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Unformatted text preview: Oliver Cromwell was born in a small English country estate called Huntingdon in East Anglia on April twenty-five, 1599. Of his origins, Cromwell himself wrote, "I was by birth a gentleman, living neither in any considerable height, nor yet in obscurity." Oliver's father was Robert Cromwell, a gentleman and the younger son of Sir Henry Cromwell, the "Golden Knight of Hinchbroke." Sir Henry Cromwell was himself the grandnephew of the famous Thomas Cromwell, the chief architect of King Henry VIII's political and religious reformation. Cromwell's mother was Elizabeth Steward, whose family had acquired lands confiscated by Henry VIII from the Roman Catholic Church during the sixteenth century. Very few details are known about Cromwell's early years. Biographer Barry Coward writes that all we have are a "tiny handful of disconnected 'facts'–the equivalent of the...
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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.
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