In 2001 tom reilly published a book called honourable enemy which sought to vindicate oliver cromwell from the charges of war crimes against the civilian population of ireland during his campaign there in 1649 the principal accusations come from his siege and capture of the cities of drogheda and . 37 responses to opinion cromwell was framed i certainly agree though that there is a much wider issue of the cromwellians campaign in ireland from 1649 52 which did cause massive devastation and loss of life but that is not what this article is about i suggest you judge it on its merits. Do we owe old ironsides an apology cromwell was framed ireland 1649 review tom reillys style is accessible and lively but hero worship rather skews historical judgment. The cromwellian conquest of ireland or cromwellian war in ireland 1649 53 refers to the conquest of ireland by the forces of the english parliament led by oliver cromwell during the wars of the three kingdoms cromwell invaded ireland with his new model army on behalf of englands rump parliament in august 1649. Cromwell was framed ireland 1649 by tom reilly published by chronos books london 2014 reviewer john dorney oliver cromwells name is one the most potent symbols in irish historical memory the mere mention of it generally prompts such epithets as murderer scumbag genocidal maniac and so forth
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