An unusual approach to a man who gains in stature with the passing of years. Not a conventional and exhaustive biography, but rather a study of the man himself from three angles, -- a soldier, first and last, a statesman, struggling against temperamental difficulties, an ardent, almost fanatical Puritan, the product of the influences of his time. Viewed from these angles, he is presented in juxtaposition to the events that made up his career, a rather oblique method of biography, but one that stimulates the interest of the scholarly reader and the careful historian. The stress is laid particularly on that period of his life concerned with Civil wars and with religious persecution. The administrative period is presented briefly, as of minor interest in the development of the man himself. Not intended for wide popular consumption, but of sure interest to those who follow Belloc's historical biographies, and to those seeking enlightenment on a period frequently confused in presentation.