Biography

Miranda is a writer and historian specialising in the history of Oliver Cromwell, his family and the politics of the Interregnum period following the Civil Wars. She studied at Cambridge University, leaving with a PhD, and is a Trustee of the Cromwell Association. Miranda has written two historical novels about the Cromwell family published by Orion Fiction: The Puritan Princess (2020) and The Rebel Daughter (2022). She also contributes features and book reviews to publications including History Today, the Critic, BBC History, Aspects of History, Historia and the journal Cromwelliana.

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Together with Paul Lay, Miranda hosts the podcast ‘1666 And All That’ on 17th century history and has appeared herself as a guest on many radio shows and podcasts including Talk Radio Europe, BBC Bristol, Wythenshawe FM, History Hack, Not Just the Tudors and Versus History. Miranda also enjoys giving talks at literary festivals, museums, schools and book clubs. Her most recent interview about the Cromwell family portraits filmed at the Cromwell Museum was broadcast online as part of the BBC’s current Art the Made Us series. Miranda is now working on a new non-fiction book about the Cromwell family and writing the chapter on Oliver Cromwell for Iain Dale’s forthcoming book Kings & Queens (Hodder & Stoughton, September 2023).

Miranda lives in Hampshire with her husband, young sons and cat Keats and hopes to continue to bring the seventeenth century to a wider audience through her work.

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The Colourful Court of Oliver Cromwell

The Colourful Court of Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell’s rule as Lord Protector from 1653-1658 is usually imagined as a joyless, military regime, presided over by a dour Puritan who killed the king, cancelled Christmas and got his kicks from pulling down maypoles. But this is a stereotype which has been peddled since the ...
The Un-Civil War

The Un-Civil War

The armed conflicts that raged across Britain in the mid-17th century claimed the lives of an estimated 200,000-250,000 people – a greater proportion of the population than those lost in the First World War. The fighting was brutal and widespread, characterised as much by scrappy siege warfare ...

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The Puritan Princess, by Miranda Malins

The Puritan Princess, by Miranda Malins

A beautiful cover is the perfect portal into Miranda Malins’ debut novel, The Puritan Princess, which has successfully given readers a fresh interpretation of Oliver Cromwell’s Protectorate and the political twists and turns at its heart. It is a period in our history that is very much ...
The Rebel Daughter, by Miranda Malins

The Rebel Daughter, by Miranda Malins

Miranda Malins, author of The Puritan Princess, has returned to the Cromwell’s and provided a real treat: a step back in time, to the 1640s, to trace the family’s uneasy rise to power. This time, however, a different Cromwell daughter - Bridget - takes centre stage.The great problem with ...
The Rebel Daughter, by Miranda Malins

The Rebel Daughter, by Miranda Malins

Miranda Malins, author of The Puritan Princess, has returned to the Cromwell’s and provided a real treat: a step back in time, to the 1640s, to trace the family’s uneasy rise to power. This time, however, a different Cromwell daughter - Bridget - takes centre stage.The great problem with ...

Author Interviews

Miranda Malins interviewed by Mark Turnbull
Miranda, this is your debut novel about the Cromwell family. You're also a Trustee of the Cromwell Association. When did your interest in the Cromwells begin and what sparked it?My fascination with Oliver Cromwell and his family began as
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Miranda Malins, what led you to the 17th century and the English Civil Wars that you wrote your first book in? A school debate about the execution of Charles I and a trip to Cromwell’s House in Ely first sparked my passion for this brilliant period. It is the most radical, revolutionary time in British history when people challenged previously accepted ...
Jean Briggs
Jean Briggs, welcome to Aspects of History! What prompted you to choose the period that you wrote your first book in? It was my interest in Charles Dickens that decided the period. I was reading his journalism and found that he had written about the Victorian police force and gone out with policemen to look at ...