Amateur historian Tom Reilly has almost single-handedly taken on the might of academia with regard to Cromwell and allegations of his complicity in civilian atrocity stories in Ireland. Change that, and you change so much about our understanding of Cromwell.
He has appeared on national TV and radio in both the UK and Ireland in both documentaries and chat shows. His books on Cromwell have been reviewed by all of the national newspapers in Ireland and many in the UK, including one on the front cover of the book supplement of the Sunday Times. The Protector - the Fall and Rise of Oliver Cromwell is his first book of fiction. Even if it is mostly non-fiction. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Reilly's trenchant defence of Cromwell is the fact that he is a native of, and has lived in the town of, Drogheda, Ireland all of his life. Drogheda is the ONE place where Cromwell is alleged to have committed civilian atrocities, easily the biggest blot on his career.
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