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The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell

The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell

The Complete History of the Head of the Ruler of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland, with Accounts from Early per: a Memoir

by Marc Hartzman
Paperback
Publication Date: 15/06/2016
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Oliver Cromwell led the charge in the beheading of England's King Charles I in 1649. But little did he know that his own head would soon roll. And roll and roll-for the next three hundred years across the Commonwealth. The execution of Charles I ended the monarchy, and Cromwell became the Lord Protector of England until his own death from natural causes in 1658. His body was embalmed and buried in Westminster Abbey, only to be exhumed by King Charles II three years later. The new king had restored the monarchy and wished to avenge his father's death by hanging Cromwell and beheading him posthumously. Now, for the first time, the memoirs of Oliver Cromwell's embalmed head have surfaced, making it the first account of any world leader -- or any human being for that matter -- chronicling the afterlife. This remarkable memoir recounts its journey through the centuries, beginning with Cromwell's decapitation and the head's impalement on a post at Westminster Hall, where it stayed for more than twenty years before being freed by a heavy storm. Over the centuries, the head enjoyed a series of unexpected adventures, encountering a host of bizarre and well-known characters -- from its many owners, curious anatomists and misled but obsessed phrenologists to other preserved decapitated heads and impostor Cromwell heads. These escapades came to an end only after the head was donated to Cromwell's alma mater, Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge, where it was eventually buried for good in 1960.
ISBN:
9780986239335
9780986239335
Category:
Reference works
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
15-06-2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
Curious Publications
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
139.7x215.9x20.32mm
Marc Hartzman

Marc Hartzman is "one of America's leading connoisseurs of the bizarre" (ABCNews.com) and has written books about sideshow performers, Oliver Cromwell's head, weird things on eBay, and unorthodox messages from God. Hartzman's work has also appeared in Mental Floss, Bizarre, and HuffPost/AOL Weird News. He's discussed oddities on CNN, MSNBC, Ripley's Radio, and the Travel Channel's Mysteries at the Museum.

More of his love for the unusual can be found on his site WeirdHistorian.com. Hartzman earns a living as an award-winning advertising creative director at Ogilvy and lives in New Rochelle with his wife Liz and their two beautiful Earthling girls.

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