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Reputations: Oliver Cromwell in Ireland

Reputations: Oliver Cromwell in Ireland

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This short study unit uses a range of sources, including maps, the music of the Pogues, Cromwell's own writing and biography, to help Year 8 students in secondary schools in England assess Cromwell's reputation in the light of the siege of Drogheda in 1649.
This short study unit uses a range of sources, including maps, the music of the Pogues, Cromwell's own writing and biography, to help Year 8 students in secondary schools in England assess Cromwell's reputation in the light of the siege of Drogheda in 1649.

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Reputations
Sources: Cromwell at Drogheda
 By
Richard BaileyAnsford Community School, Castle Carey
&
Chris CulpinSHP
Cromwell
s campaign in Ireland
The Race to Rule. Ireland and Europe 1570-1700 
by A. Hodge, Colourpoint Books, 1-89839-249-8, p. 62
Ireland in Key Stage 3 History (Year 8)
Ireland in Schools
Bath & Somerset Pilot Scheme
Bath Spa University College
 
 Bailey, Cromwell at Drogheda, 2
Introduction
This collection of sources on Cromwell at Drogheda is used in Year 8, towards the end of a series of lessonson the English Civil war.The sources are discussed and questions are asked relating to the sources.Tasks3The plantation of Ulster4Division5Cromwell on Drogheda6Interpretations7Appendix
Young Ned of the Hill
, The Pogues8The unit addresses two broad skills - the reputation of historical and interpretations of history.Listening to
Young Ned of the Hill
by The Pogues sets the mood.
 
 Bailey, Cromwell at Drogheda, 3
Tasks
1.Listen to
Young Ned of the Hill
by the Pogues (without the lyrics). Discuss the tone of the song. Whatsort of music is it? What are they saying?2.Read through the following two pages of booklet, discussing plantations and studying the maps(Protestant English had the
nice
houses; poor Catholic Irish lived in tumbledown cottages. Large churchwould have been Protestant etc.)3.Study
A vicious circle
diagram and answer the following questions (adding own knowledge fromprevious discussion):a.Why did the Irish hate the English?b.Why did the English hate the Irish?4.Study the English view of the Irish Rebellion (linking in with previous lesson on Trigger 2 of EnglishCivil War):a.Describe what the picture shows.b.Decipher the
olde
English at the top.5.Read Cromwell
s own report to Parliament after the events at Drogheda, and examine the map:a.According to Cromwell, what happened at Drogheda (bullet points).b.How does Cromwell justify his actions?6.Listen to
Young Ned of the Hill
again, this time with the lyrics:a.What do the Pogues think of Cromwell?b.Why do you think they think this?7.Read Antonia Fraser
s piece on the events at Drogheda. Explain who she is, discuss how she would haveobtained information, evidence etc.a.What does she say about Cromwell?b.Does she attempt to justify his actions? How? What does she say?8.Sentiments and accuracy in interpretation:a.Which of the two views of Cromwell would you trust more? Explain in detailb.Whose sentiments would you go along with, the Pogues
or Antonia Fraser
s?(Some explanation of 
 justification
and
sentiments
may be required)

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