Oliver Cromwell’s shadowy queen

Simon Guerrier investigates the mysterious life of Elizabeth Cromwell – the ordinary woman who became England's first lady in the 17th century...

Elizabeth Cromwell, from an engraving published in 1800 by W Richardson. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the December 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

On 14 April 1654, the new lord protector, Oliver Cromwell, moved into apartments in Whitehall Palace. But his wife, Elizabeth, could never endure whispering or to be left alone in her new home. She was haunted by the ghosts of dead princes.

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