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Unformatted text preview: Although Cromwell had great personal influence on a number of members of Parliament, he was unable to muster the support he needed and became somewhat distant even from his political allies. Cromwell further alienated his former cronies when he forced the members of Parliament to sign a "Recognition" of their belief in his system of government. To Cromwell's chagrin, a hundred members chose to resign rather than sign the document. By the end of 1654, Cromwell felt politically isolated, and this feeling intensified when one of his Council members, Ashley Anthony Cooper, defected. Like Cooper, most of Cromwell's opponents were conservatives angered by Cromwell's refusal to turn the Protectorate into a hereditary position. Cromwell's political isolation coincided with a bad riding accident that left him incapacitated for three weeks. In October of 1654, Cromwell fell from his horse, causing incapacitated for three weeks....
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08