Where is the evidence that Oliver Cromwell was a terrible or cruel man? We are given a selection of the contemporary evidence that has been used to create the interpretation Cromwell was a villain. We are then shown how some historians challenge this view of Cromwell by critiquing the evidence that has been used to create it.

First broadcast:
9 January 2008

This clip shows students the process by which we can unpack interpretations. It is not a case of simple source analysis (of the interpretation), but rather unpicking the contemporary evidence that was used to create the subsequent interpretation.