This study centres around three leading military statesmen who served under Oliver Comwell but were also his kin and shared the experiences of the civil wars, John Disbrowe (1608–80), Henry Ireton (1611–51), and Charles Fleetwood (1618–92). It seeks to develop our picture of their positions from the context of their kin link to Cromwell and how their private worlds shaped their public roles, how kinship was part of the functioning of the Cromwellian state, how they were seen and presented, and how this impacted on their own lives, and their kin, before and after the Restoration.

Cromwell's career can be explored further by considering figures in his kinship network to show how the public and private overlapped and influenced each other through their interaction before and after 1660. This study aims to consider the trajectory of elements of Cromwell's network and how its functioning and the interaction of its constituent parts over time shaped the politics of the years 1643 to 1660 but also how the survival of some networks after 1660 were continuing communities of those willing to own their memories of the civil wars, regicide, and Cromwell. A study of aspects of Cromwell's kin also provides examples of the continuities between those who resisted the Stuarts in the 1640s and 1650s and did so again in the 1680s.

Suitable for specialists in the area and students taking courses on early modern British, European and American history as well as those with a more general interest in the period.

chapter |17 pages


chapter 1|18 pages

Henry Ireton, Cromwell's ‘son’

New Model officer marriages and the politics of settlement during the English Revolution

chapter 4|12 pages

Clement Ireton

Fifth Monarchist opponent of Cromwell

chapter 5|14 pages

John Ireton

The Restoration, Cromwell's finances, and continuing opposition to the Stuarts