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Oliver Cromwell’s Kin, 1643-1726
The Private and Public Worlds of the English Revolution and Restoration

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ISBN 9781032403441
July 7, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
376 Pages

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Book Description

The Londoner John Blackwell (1624-1701), shaped by his parents’ Puritanism and merchant interests of his iconoclast father became one of Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army captains. Working with his father in Parliament’s financial administration both supported the regicide and benefitted from the subsequent sales of land sales from those defeated in the civil wars. Surviving the Restoration Blackwell pursued interests in Ireland, banking schemes in London and Massachusetts, before being Governor of Pennsylvania. Blackwell worked with his son, Lambert Blackwell, who established himself as a merchant, financier and a representative of the state in Italy during the wars of William III before being embroiled in the South Sea Bubble.

The linked histories of the three Blackwells reinforce the importance of kinship, the development of the early modern state centred in an increasingly global London and illustrate the ownership of the memory of the civil wars, facilitated by their kin links to Cromwell and John Lambert, architect of Cromwell’s Protectorate, by those who fought against Charles I.

Suitable for specialists in the area and students taking courses on early modern English, European and American history as well as those with a more general interest in the period.

Table of Contents


  1. Henry Ireton, Cromwell’s ‘son’: New Model Officer Marriages and the Politics of Settlement during the English Revolution
  2. The Iretons and Cromwell’s financial management
  3. John Ireton and the afterlife of Henry Ireton and Cromwell
  4. Clement Ireton: Fifth Monarchist opponent of Cromwell
  5. John Ireton: the Restoration and continuing opposition to the Stuarts
  6. Bridget Ireton and Charles Fleetwood, Cromwell’s ‘son’
  7. Fleetwood and the Politics of Cromwell’s Protectorate
  8. Fleetwood and his ‘brother’, Henry Cromwell
  9. Fleetwood and the fracturing of the Cromwellian alliance
  10. Fleetwood and the failure of the English Revolution
  11. John Disbrowe and the failure of the English Revolution
  12. Cromwell’s financial management, kinship and the politics of the Protectorate
  13. Fleetwood and Restoration communities of radicals
  14. Bridget Bendish and the memory of Oliver Cromwell in East Anglia
  15. Henry and Bridget Ireton and the politics of the Glorious Revolution

Conclusion: Cromwell’s kin and the afterlife of the English Revolution


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David Farr is Deputy-Head Academic of Norwich School. He is author of 4 full-length studies of the Cromwellian military-religious figures, John Lambert, Henry Ireton, Thomas Harrison, Hezekiah Haynes (2020) and the 2022 Brokerage and Networks in London’s Global World: Kinship, Commerce and Communities through the experience of John Blackwell.