Oliver Cromwells House

Oliver Cromwell’s House is a museum that has been on my ‘to visit’ list since I rediscovered the British Revolution aka English Civil Wars in 2017.  A bit out of my way, I was in Norfolk over xmas 2019 so decided to pop in on my way back home. Ely, where Oliver Cromwell’s House is …

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The Myth of the Christmas Truces 1914

These days the Christmas Truces on 25 December 1914 are celebrated.  That was over years ago.  The UK Ministry of Defence and senior military commanders help to facilitate the myth of what occurred. In August 1914, the UK government with the help of the press tried to turn the outbreak of war into a patriotic …

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On This Day in History … Putney Debates

28 October 1647. Arguably the most important political debate in British history (now little remembered, let alone studied) happened. The Putney Debates took place over a fortnight between the victors of the British revolution and wars of the 1640s (often dismissed by the unflattering name 'Roundheads'). The setting is St Mary's church, Putney, west of …

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Podcast: de-militarise education

Jin and Mel from de-militarise education interviewed me for their dED Go Deep podcast: https://soundcloud.com/deducation/ded-go-deep-veterans-for-peace They interviewed me as part of their HYPE for Veternas for Peace UK in July 2019.  As the National Coordinator for VFP UK I am trying to get to more and different media the highlight our aims. It was a …

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Revolution Meme

No apologies to the original maker of the meme. It's more pertinent to portray The Levellers and Agitators in the late 1640s. They defeated the royalists; lawfully tried and executed the king; abolished the monarchy; voted for near-universal suffrage; mutinied and refused deployment to Ireland (Cromwell executed three of them for this); called for equality; …

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