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Cromwell's conversion

Oliver Cromwell was born on April 25 1599, making this year the 400th anniversary of his birth.

Andrew Hill

It was remarkable to find him shortlisted for 'Man of the Millennium' on Radio 4's 'Today' programme recently. It seems that many find Cromwell a fascinating historical personality, but why? Some know that he was involved in the beheading of Charles I, and the 17th-century damage of cathedrals.