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Oliver Cromwell

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Oliver Cromwell - One of the commanders in the New Model army - He ruled from 1649-1658 Rump Parliament - 1649-53 For the first years of his reign the country was run with the rump parliament. This was a parliament which was made up by only those who were strongly against the King. Many people who were previously in the parliament were not here now because they had probably changed their views on the situation or they were not against the King enough. Most of them had signed for the King's death. ...read more.

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Barebones Parliament - 1653 Later in 1653 came the Barebones parliament. This was one that did not last very long. (It was dissolved after 6 months) because of the proposed extreme measures. 140 people were chosen for the barebones parliament and nearly all were English. Protectorate - 1653 1. Most of the power belonged to Cromwell. 2. It was a constitution which devised in late 1653 3. Parliament granted Cromwell �200,000 each year and he would have to ask if he needed more. 4. Cromwell ruled with the aid of a council. ...read more.

Conclusion

Many people were made unhappy and when he was told that 9 out of 10 people would be annoyed by this rule, he replied that if he disarmed the 9 people and put a sword in the 10th's man hand then that would solve the problem. This is a tyrannical way of ruling because Cromwell could just get rid of any member of parliament or want to and what he means by disarming the 9 people is that anybody who does not agree will be defeated by him. The major generals were eventually sacked in 1657 because there were too many funds needed to keep the system in place. ...read more.

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