I have always been interested in history and quite often I read historical fiction, and occasionally alternative histories. Recently I have been reading "The Baroque Cycle" by Neal Stephenson, and I came across a line that really got me thinking about Oliver CromwellÂs influence on the American Revolution. I donÂt remember it word for word, but it was something on the order of, "Cromwell showed us an ordinary man could defy and bring down a king.Â"
While Cromwell was not exactly an ordinary man (ie peasant) I think the point was taken by the Revolutionaries in America. Especially given that they were of a similar social position and many of the population with influence upon them were of a similar religious persuasion.
I didn't really have much of a point with this other than it was something that had caught my eye.
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