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CLIP 7231

Who was Oliver Cromwell?

Who was Oliver Cromwell?

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Key Info
  • Who was Oliver Cromwell?
  • Duration: 02:06
  • One of 10 known death masks of Oliver Cromwell has gone up for sale, 350 years after his death. A hero to some and a dictator to others, Cromwell is the only non-royal in British history to be titled First Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland. He was determined to be remembered for the way he looked, “warts and all”, as is found in this mask. The report details the fate of Cromwell's body - it was exhumed and the head removed and sold by Royalists. This BBC News clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 4 February 2009. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    English Civil War

  • Keywords: Cromwell, death mask, Civil War, auction, portraits, mould, republic, Royalists
Ideas for use in class
  • Students could use this clip as an aid to considering Cromwell's character as a man and leader. What are the difficulties of relying on portraits and statues to get an idea of how historical figures may have looked?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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