Paul Lay in Ely

Thursday 19th March

  • Venue St Peter's Church, Broad Street, Ely, CB7 4AH
  • Doors open 7.10pm
  • Start time 7.30pm
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‘A compelling and wry narrative of one of the most intellectually thrilling eras of British history’ Guardian

England, 1651. Oliver Cromwell has defeated his royalist opponents in two civil wars, executed the Stuart king Charles I, laid waste to Ireland, and crushed the late king’s son and his Scottish allies. He is master of Britain and Ireland. But Parliament, divided between moderates, republicans and Puritans of uncompromisingly millenarian hue, is faction-ridden and disputatious…

‘Providence Lost is a learned … as well as a sensitive portrayal of a man unravelled by providence’  Jessie Childs, Guardian

Oliver Cromwell and his family lived in Ely from 1638 to 1647. A visit to his wonderfully preserved home on St Mary’s Street is an object lesson in the area’s local history and somewhere to found out far more about our beautiful city and its colourful Fenland past.

For now we can listen to a ‘vivid, clear and highly engrossing narrative’ of a tumultuous decade from Paul Lay, the editor of History Today and one of the founders of BBC History Magazine. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a trustee of the Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon.