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Oliver Cromwell was given a magnificent state funeral in 1658. Less than three years later, his corpse was removed from Westminster Abbey and 'executed' at Tyburn. This gruesome ceremony launched Cromwell's head on 300 years of extraordinary adventures that took it from a traitor's pole to resting in peace in the grounds of a Cambridge college. Blending gallows humour with a compelling portrait of Cromwell in life, Fitzgibbons explores the many talents and contradictions of the great parliamentarian.