Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) – In the chair

Oliver Cromwell, who chaired most of the Putney Debates,  took a different approach to that of his son in law, Henry Ireton, who confronted the radicals head-on and tried to undermines their arguments.  In contrast, Cromwell was more placatory and sought to preserve the unity of the army rather than simply win the argument.  However, some historians argue that the Putney Debates did change Cromwell’s position on the King as he came to believe that the Almighty had turned against the monarch although the time had not yet come for action.

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Ted Vallance

Director of the Graduate School, University of Roehampton

Ted Vallance is Professor of History at the University of Roehampton. He is the author of four books, most recently Loyalty, Memory and Public Opinion in England,…

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Excerpts from the Putney Debates and An Agreement of the People (1647) in Andrew Sharp ed., The English Levellers (Cambridge University Press, 1998)
Phil Baker, ‘Putney Debaters’ in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004)