B.A. Ph.D. F.R. Hist. S. Nottingham Trent University Historian


Professor Bennett is an authority on Early Modern Britain and Ireland and has authored and edited three books on Oliver Cromwell. He was born in Bridlington and went to the Joseph Rowntree School, New Earswick, York, before going to Loughborough University to read Modern History. He has had a thirty-two year career at Nottingham Trent University, where he started as a part-time lecturer and has since encompassed a range of roles including History Subject Leader, Associate Dean for research and Head of the Graduate School. He is now Professor of Early Modern History


Professor Bennet is presenter of the Notts TV series Rediscovering Notts, making programmes on the Civil War, Cresswell Crags, Nottingham Art School, Laxton’s three field system Southwell Minster and Vikings. He also presented episodes in the earlier programme Notts Now and Then. Professor Bennett has also made several television appearances on the BBC and the National Geographic channel.


Professor Bennett is President of the Loughborough Archaeological and Historical Society and was for ten years the History and Managing Editor of the Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire.

His new books include Cromwell and Ireland (2021), In the Midst of the Kingdom (2021) and Cromwell at War: The Lord General and his Military Revolution (2017) which was the subject of an article in BBC History back in February 2017.

Previous publication s include:
Historical Dictionary of the British and Irish Civil Wars, (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham Mass, February 2016),
340PP hbk, ISBN-10: 144226263X, ISBN-13: 978-1442262638

Oliver Cromwell, (Routledge, 2006), pp299, Hbk – ISBN 0415319218 Pbk – ISBN 04153319226,

Society, Religion, and Culture in Seventeenth-Century Nottinghamshire
(Edwin Mellen, 2005), pp244, ISBN 0-7734-6054-4

The Civil Wars Experienced: Britain and Ireland, 1638-1661, (Routledge, London), 2000, p256 ISBN 0-415-15902-4

The Civil Wars in Britain and Ireland, 1638-1651, (Blackwell, Oxford, October), 1996, pp446. ISBN 0-631-19154-210.


Their programmes

Napoleon Bonaparte famously said “Soldiers generally win battles, generals get credit for them”.  This is certainly true of many of the histories of the British Civil Wars.

Battles, Interviews, Military History, Series