Oliver Cromwell's Dream -or- Lord Protector of England
The Man who Dreamt He would Be King
We are told that in Shakespearian England a schoolboy reported a dream to his master. The dream which some have disputed, is of a female figure that drew back the curtains of his (the schoolboy's) bed and the woman informed him that he would one day be the greatest man in England. Many years past, and it was the time of the English Civil War, when Thomas Hobbes was writing Leviathan famously saying that the "life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short". The schoolboy had become a man by the name of Oliver Cromwell. Seemingly true to the oracular prophesy of the dream, Cromwell became Lord Protector of England. Cromwell while a controversial figure of English history was voted by a BBC poll 100 Greatest Britons (2002) in the top 10 most influential British personalities. The answer whether the dream is completely true cannot be known, certain is that the dream adds to Cromwell's legendary status.