In this episode, we return to Oliver Cromwell to discuss what we weren't able to in Episode 17: Cromwell's politics, and his tenure as Lord Protector. Taking us through his complex life and political career is Martyn Bennett, Professor at Nottingham Trent University, and author of the book Cromwell at War. With him, we take a look at what makes Cromwell so complicated: from his beliefs of religious freedom clashing with his actions in Ireland, to his desire for a democracy in spite of his absolute power over the country, and much more. Martyn's book: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/cromwell-at-war-9781786722478/ Music: Sergei Rachmaninoff - String Quartet No. 2 as recorded by Steve's Bedroom Band and Steve Jones licensed under Creative Commons 4.0.