Cromwell at Clonmel

Marshall, A (2021) 'Cromwell at Clonmel.' In: Bennett, M, Gillespie, R and Spurlock, R.S, eds. Cromwell and Ireland: new perspectives. Liverpool University Press, Liverpool. ISBN 9781789622379 (Forthcoming)

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This essay will reconsider the elements that relate to the Cromwellian siege of Clonmel in April - May 1650. This siege, located within the latter stages of the Cromwellian campaign in Ireland of 1650, was notable in many ways, not the least being that it turned into a grave tactical defeat for Cromwell, who left Ireland shortly afterwards. Remarkably enough, it also raises some real doubts about his abilities in this form of contemporary warfare and the tactical failure at Clonmel seems to have given him a severe dent to his own self-esteem, for it is subsequently little mentioned by him in either his speeches or correspondence.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Keywords: Oliver Cromwell, Early Modern warfare, Clonmel, Ireland, sieges
Divisions: School of Humanities
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2019 14:39
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2020 13:52
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