I came across this very interesting broadcast from the BBC, a macabre tale of Cromwell's fate even after his death.
This shows the fickle nature of power and how quickly people will revert back to that which they know and how deeply embedded was the idea of the Divine right to rule.
Just read that Cromwell's signature just before his death sold at auction a few days ago for £4.800
Cromwell died at the age of 59 in 1658
Recent investigations have mooted that malaria weakened Cromwell and this in conjunction with typhoid fever, possibly caused by a Salmonella infection lead to his death.
Interestingly these conclusions were reached as a result of records made by Doctors and embalmers at the time of his demise, he was a man whose family had a record of long life.
Cromwell's death mask
I was perusing Twitter this morning and came upon a picture taken at Althorpe house which for the last few days has been hosting a literary festival, the post was by Suzannah Lipscomb and mentioned Paul Blezard, I duly asked if I could use the photo and very kindly Paul agreed, thank you Paul.
So pictured below is the table used by Cromwell to plan his campaigns, what a fantastic item and what tales it could tell.