What were the major preoccupations of Cromwell's foreign policy as Lord Protector? To what extent did his religious views shape his foreign policy?
To what degree do you think Cromwell directed the course of events in his time? To what extent was Cromwell's story shaped by forces beyond his control?
How did Cromwell's socio-economic and religious background affect his political views and career?
Some of Cromwell's political opponents accused him of betraying the cause of Parliament when he was Lord Protector. What circumstances might have led them to make this charge?