1st Edition

Major-General Hezekiah Haynes and the Failure of Oliver Cromwell’s Godly Revolution, 1594–1704

By David Farr Copyright 2020
    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    Hezekiah Haynes was shaped by the Puritanism of his father’s network and experienced emigration to New England as part of a community removing themselves from Charles I’s Laudianism. Returning to fight in the British Civil Wars, Haynes rose to become Cromwell’s ruler of the east of England, tasked with bringing about a godly revolution, and in rising to prominence he became the centre of his own developing political and religious network, which included a kin link to Cromwell himself. As one of Cromwell’s Major-Generals Haynes was tasked with security and a reformation of manners, but he was hampered by the limits of the early modern state and Cromwell’s own contradictory political and religious ideas. The Restoration saw Haynes imprisoned in the Tower before emerging to return to the community in which he had been raised, and continuing the links with some of those he had worked with for Cromwell and the kin he had left behind in New England in dealing with the norms of early modern life.

    This book will appeal to specialists in the area and students taking courses on early modern English and American history, as well as those with a more general interest in the period.


    Part 1: 15941655

    1. The economic, kinship and religious networks of Hezekiah Haynes and the development of a Puritan activist, 1594 to 1654

    2. Haynes and the experience of war, 1642 to 1651

    3. Haynes and the politics of the Godly armies, 1646 to 1655

    Part 2: 16551704

    4. Major-General of the east and political conservatism, 1655 to 1657

    5. Major-General of the east and religious radicalism, 1655 to 1657

    6. The failure of Godly rule and Restoration persecution, 1656 to 1662

    7. The survival and realignment of Hezekiah Haynes’ economic, kinship and religious networks, 1654 to 1704

    Conclusion: Hezekiah Haynes and the failure of Oliver Cromwell’s Godly Revolution


    David Farr is Deputy Head Academic of Norwich School. He is author of full-length studies of other Cromwellian military-religious figures, John Lambert, Henry Ireton and Thomas Harrison, as well as general studies of Britain 1603–1702, and numerous articles on various aspects of the English Revolution.