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Cromwell by lisa-im-laerm Cromwell by lisa-im-laerm
Ink/ blue pen on paper; A4

This is Oliver Cromwell (25 April 1599 – 3 September 1658)[1] was an English military and political leader and later Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.

I don't say he was good or bad, he was just mentioned in some books and magazines I've read, as a good and as a bad example ( happened quite often, a while, so I came to the idea to draw him, nothing special).

In the box on the left side, in the front of that boy, is his head.
"The head fell of the pole in a strong wind one night, the next morning the guard came to guard it then he found that it had fallen, so he stole it and hid it in his chimney, this is where it remained for six years.
Cromwell's head was found by a soldier who hid it in his chimney. On his deathbed, he bequeathed the relic to his daughter. In 1710 the head appeared in a 'Freak Show', described as 'The Monster's Head'. For many years the head passed through numerous hands, the value increasing with each transaction until a Dr. Wilkinson bought it. The head was offered by the Wilkinson family to his Alma Mater, Sydney Sussex College in 1960. It was given a dignified burial in a secret place in the college grounds." ( Wikipedia;[link])


"i tell you we will cut off his head with the crown upon it .”

Cromwell to one of the judges at the trial of King Charles I.1648.

“necessity hath no law.”

Cromwell Speech to parliament, Sept. 1654.
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Drochfuil Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
From an Irish perspective Cromwell is seen in the same light as Hitler, Stalin or Pol Pot is to 20th century observers. His murderous hatred for any opposition to his fundamentalist religious doctrine was met with a God fuelled brutality that saw towns and countryside ethnically cleansed to make way for his settlers.
His skull is very much sought after in Ireland today, an historical artefact worth having. Oh, your drawing is very well executed.  
lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, read that too and that his head/ skull they keep that in secret, where it is, cause it would happen awful things to it...
The king also made awfull mistakes, didn't he? Intrigues he tried, I read somewhere, cowardly actions and so on...
Thank you! As I wrote; I can't judge about that theme, I know not enough about it, to do that.
He is only mentioned very often, some times in a good manner some times not.
Drochfuil Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Yes Charles I had claimed ownership of all land owned by Catholic's which was about two thirds of Ireland which makes him as much a land grabber as the Puritan Cromwell.
Some people in Britain regard Cromwell as a hero for dethroning and beheading the King, but like I said before, in Ireland he is viewed as a symbol of all that is hateful, inhuman and evil in religiously motivated war and politics.
He was also an ugly bastard, face like a warthog. 
lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He, the king I mean now, also didn't kept a promise, is that right? He also worked with Jesuits together, to get out of that, you can't sink deeper than that and there is no excuse, in my opinion... Wasn't Cromwell first against killing the king and than later because of the actions of the king, changed his opinion?
Sorry, it's been a while, since I've read something about it...

I do not like the reappearance of the Jesuits...Shall we not have regular swarms of them here, in as
many disguises as only a king of the gypsies can assume, dressed as printers, publishers, writers andschoolmasters? If ever there was a body of men who merited eternal damnation on earth and in hell, it isthis Society of Loyolas.

Like you, I disapprove of the restoration of the Jesuits, for it means a step backwards from light intodarkness....

President Thomas Jefferson: 

It is my opinion that if the liberties of this country, the United States of America are destroyed, it will beby the subtlety of the Roman Catholic Jesuit priests, for they are the most crafty, dangerous enemies tocivil and religious liberty. They have instigated MOST of the wars of Europe."
Marquis de LaFayette
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Drochfuil Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
I don't now too much about 17th century British history except for the impact it had on Irish society and how it embittered relations between the two island nations for centuries. The thing is, there are so many descendants of each country living on each others land that the distinction between them is so opaque and indistinguishable and any real romantic nationalism is based mostly in the present tense. I suppose you could probably say that about most countries on the planet. 
Christianity (in whatever form) is designed to promote a monotheist doctrine that repress any society that will not conform to it's ideal, resulting in a subjugated, contagious population that can be controlled and exploited forever. 
Perhaps this is slowly changing today and people are less inclined to believe in this stuff any more.
Drochfuil Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Yea, the Magdalene Sisters cruelty is a harrowing story for sure, I believe that all of their assets should be taken and given to all of their victims families. 
Just ban the nukes though, 'cos we need the drugs to get through the trauma. 
lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!Heart
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