The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 74
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
from a number of sources concerning the life of Cromwell and
the events of the Civil Wars. If the reader is in search of a detailed
life of Oliver Cromwell or a chronological account of the Civil
Wars with emphasis on Cromwell's part, this book is very excel-
lent. But if he desires only to examine the letters and speeches
of Cromwell, he will find himself lost in the maze of explanation.
Interest in the speeches and writings of Cromwell presupposes
a knowledge of his career and the Civil Wars in the large, and,
since Professor Abbott has been zealous and successful in the dis-
covery of new material, it is to be regretted that he did not con-
fine his book more to the original sources. The research student
wants to form his opinions independently, and no matter how im-
partial and accurate the explanations may be, they are irritating
if they go beyond time and place.
Professor Abbott has written a very illuminating story of the
early life of Oliver Cromwell. He has given a very accurate story
of the events of the Civil Wars. He has drawn extensively on
many excellent sources for his material. He has done much more
than assemble the writings and speeches of Cromwell. Volume I
ends with the execution of Charles I. This period necessarily does
not have the amount of original material available that appears
in the latter part of Cromwell's career. The subsequent volumes,
doubtless, will be much richer because of his increased activity
and responsibility. The first volume is well documented. An
index, however, would add a great deal to its value.
CORAL H. TULLIS.
The University of Texas.
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