The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell: A Memoir

The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell: A Memoir

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The memoir of Oliver Cromwell’s embalmed head recounts its journey through the centuries, beginning with its decapitation after Charles II restored the monarchy in 1660 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.

Cover illustration by Vi Luong.


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