The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell: A Memoir

By Marc Hartzman

Historical fiction, Biography & memoir | Hardback


Oliver Cromwell led the charge in the beheading of England's King Charles I in 1649. But little did he know that his own head would soon roll. And roll and roll-for the next three hundred years across the Commonwealth. The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell: A Memoir follows the true history of Cromwell’s head as it journeyed through England from 1661-1960, all told from the head’s perspective. Imagined anecdotes complement the historical notes. Readers will follow the head through a series of unexpected adventures, encountering a host of bizarre and well-known characters -- from its many owners, curious anatomists and misled but obsessed phrenologists to other preserved decapitated heads and impostor Cromwell heads.




ABCnews.com called Marc Hartzman "one of America's leading connoisseurs of the bizarre.” He’s the author of five books: The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell: A Memoir (Curious Publications); American Sideshow: An Encyclopedia of History’s Most Wondrous and Curiously Strange Performers (Tarcher/Penguin); God Made Me Do It: True Stories of the Worst Advice the Lord Has Ever Given His Followers (Sourcebooks); Found on eBay: 101 Genuinely Bizarre Items From the World’s Online Yard Sale (Universe/Rizzoli); and The Anti-Social Network Journal: A Private Place For All the Thoughts, Ideas and Plans You Don’t Want To Share (Knock Knock). Hartzman has also written for AOL Weird News and The Huffington Post. By day he’s an Executive Creative Director at an advertising agency and lives in New Rochelle, NY.


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ABCnews.com called Marc Hartzman "one of America's leading connoisseurs of the bizarre.” He’s the author of five books: The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell: A Memoir (Curious Publications); American Sideshow: An Encyclopedia of History’s Most Wondrous and Curiously Strange Performers (Tarcher/Penguin); God Made Me Do It: True Stories of the Worst Advice the Lord Has Ever Given His Followers (Sour...


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