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Sir Oliver Cromwell was a strong and well-outspoken person Though he came from an average middle-class family He became a member of parliament in 1640 he used his resources such as fellow parliament relatives to be elected He became active in parliament with subjects on religion and Theyre where three major characteristics of Cromwells childhood They were his social connections his parents and his schoolingCromwells family was neither poor nor rich Once he spoke to Parliament saying I was by birth a gentleman living neither in any considerable height nor yet in obscurityhowel He came from a middle-class family with a mark of gentility He grew up in Huntingdon England gaunt He went to the local grammar school where he met a major Puritan influence in his life Dr Thomas Beard his schoolmaster He clearly had shaped some of Cromwells views on life and his faith There is little official evidence on whether this is true because there are sources with many discretions and little is known about his childhood because he usually little is known on people who reach fame as an adult but Beard is described as a uncompromising greedy puritan It was said he hated Catholics and when Cromwell fought the Irish who were very deep Catholics he saw them as a threat and massacred them in a very brutal battle He was known as messenger of hellcoward to the Irish and Scottish but in England was considered to be a man with Divine right Beard was the only known anti-Catholic that Cromwell was influenced by So it is safe to assume he got his prejudices from Beard The only real evidence we have is Beards book The Theatre of Gods Judgments which stressed the direct and active intervention of God in the affairs of the world Particularly in punishing those who transgressed howellOliver was one of ten children to survive birth from Robert and Elizabeth Cromwell The chance of survival to
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