Although raised by Puritans, Cromwell was not particularly pious until sometime in the late 1620s or early 1630s, when he experienced a religious epiphany. With his faith renewed, Cromwell developed a new sense of mission, in which he envisioned himself fighting for the cause of the Protestant Reformation in England and ridding the church of its Catholic influences. In 1628, Cromwell was elected to the House of Commons, one half of England's legislative branch. For a while, he remained a rather political figure, known primarily for his belligerence and strictly Puritan beliefs. In 1640, tensions began to rise between King Charles I and Parliament. Parliament objected to Charles's raising taxes without first consulting them. Some members of Parliament were also concerned by Charles's proximity to Catholicism, particularly with regards to his queen, Henrietta Maria, who has herself Catholic. Relations between the
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