Where is the evidence that Oliver Cromwell was a terrible or cruel man? We are given a selection of the contemporary evidence that has been used to create the interpretation Cromwell was a villain. We are then shown how some historians challenge this view of Cromwell by critiquing the evidence that has been used to create it.
This clip shows students the process by which we can unpack interpretations. It is not a case of simple source analysis (of the interpretation), but rather unpicking the contemporary evidence that was used to create the subsequent interpretation.