Cromwell and Irish republicanism

Published in 18th–19th - Century History, Cromwell, Issue 2(March/April 2011), Letters, Volume 19

Sir,—Fergus Whelan’s fascinating article on Cromwell and Irish republicanism (HI 18.6, Nov./Dec. 2010) brought to mind two interesting parallels between the Irish republicans of 1798 and the English republicans of a century and a half earlier. The Roundheads and Croppies both wore their hair short as a badge, and both Levellers and United Irishmen adopted green as their colour (although the ‘official’ national colour of Ireland was, and still is, blue). I am not sure that we have yet got to the bottom of this strange twist of history.—Yours etc.,




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