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Charles I is executed
Charles I is executed

Duration: 02:26

A clip covering the trial and execution of Charles I, without soundtrack or comment for most of its duration.

 
Civil War: a nation divided
Civil War: a nation divided

Duration: 02:18

In 1642 English people were forced to choose sides in a brutal and bloody Civil War.

 
Cromwell as a ruler
Cromwell as a ruler

Duration: 00:53

The difficulties Cromwell faced in his role of Lord Protector.

 
Cromwell turns down the Crown
Cromwell turns down the Crown

Duration: 02:23

Richard Holmes explains why Cromwell turned down the throne after leading Parliament to victory in the English Civil War.

 
Cromwell's hope
Cromwell's hope

Duration: 00:51

In a letter, Oliver Cromwell voices his hopes for England after his victory in the English Civil War.

 
Freedom of thought and its price
Freedom of thought and its price

Duration: 03:11

During the Civil War censorship collapsed and an explosion of new ideas followed. This was soon seen as a threat to society, and the 1650s saw constant concerns about how to maintain good order in England.

 
The Civil War on a plate
The Civil War on a plate

Duration: 00:44

Comedian Marcus Brigstocke explains the events around the start of the English Civil War using an English breakfast to illustrate the story.

 
The interpretation of Cromwell as a villain
The interpretation of Cromwell as a villain

Duration: 03:46

A critique of interpretations of Oliver Cromwell as a villainous man.

 
The life of Oliver Cromwell
The life of Oliver Cromwell

Duration: 02:02

Reconstructed scenes from Cromwell's life are played out over birdsong.

 
Was Cromwell the shepherd of the country?
Was Cromwell the shepherd of the country?

Duration: 00:58

Richard Holmes presents the view that Cromwell's rule as Protector was different to that of the King Charles.

 
Who was Oliver Cromwell?
Who was Oliver Cromwell?

Duration: 02:06

Investigating Oliver Cromwell through the auction of one of his death masks.

 

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