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Cromwell turns down the Crown
Richard Holmes sets out his belief Cromwell's decision to turn down the throne after leading Parliament to victory in the English Civil war makes him a great man. Over the backdrop of footage of modern London, Holmes describes why the kingship was a tempting offer, and also why Cromwell decided to turn it down.
Students could be asked to write a competing script, which either explains why Cromwell was not a great man, or, for older students, why he didn't need to accept the title of King, in that he already had its power.
Alternatively, students could use the video as a model for their own research about a figure from history that they think was 'great', and make their own short film or script explaining their choice.
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