The Mark Steel Lectures

The Mark Steel Lectures (2003)


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BBC The Mark Steel Lectures Series 1 to 3 13of18 Oliver Cromwell

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Mark Steel Lectures: Series 1 to 3

Biography Documentary hosted by Mark Steel, published by BBC in 2003-2006 - English narration


Mark Steel Lectures: Series 1 to 3
Irreverent yet accurate, Mark Steele takes people who have made a mark in history (or at least are mentioned often enough that their names are familiar) and gives you the highlights of their lives in a way that makes you remember the important bits. If you are looking for fun and history at the same time, these lectures are worth your time and investment--still worth the investment if you are just looking for great laughs!

13)  Oliver Cromwell 
Mark Steel turns his spotlight to the life and work of the man who would eventually turn down the offer from Parliament to become the King of England. Traditionally, Oliver Cromwell has been viewed as a misery, a killjoy whose Puritan beliefs led him to despise drinking, dancing, music and fun but Mark argues in this programme that far from being these things, Cromwell was in fact a bit of a laugh and never lost his childish sense of humour. We discover that whilst signing the King's death warrant he and his co-regicides involved themselves in a huge ink fight and that whilst a student at Cambridge he was barred from local pubs for his rowdy behaviour and that he would often accost women in the street to 'perforce ravish a kiss or some lewder satisfaction upon them'. Nowadays he'd get an ASBO or a reality tv show for that sort of thing. Join Mark Steel as he charts Cromwell's course through British history; his election and resignation from parliament, the formation of his New Model Army, the overthrow and subsequent execution of the King, Charles I, the monumental shift of power from monarchy to parliament, the abolition of the House of Lords right through to the massacre at Drogheda. Oh, and the introduction of the first ever pineapple to Britain.


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