Cromwell's Protectorate is widely viewed as a time of strict, Puritanical rule, with Cromwell as the era's dour supervising figure. In reality, however, Cromwell was not an exceptionally dour or moralistic man. It is true that in the first years of the Protectorate, Puritan social mores exercised considerable influence over English public life. Simple clothes became the fashion, and women who wore make-up of any kind were scorned. The Church of England turned away from its elaborate rituals and décor, and adopted a new austerity instead. Cromwell also supported an extensive public campaign against individual vices like drunkenness, adultery, swearing, and so on. By 1655, however, English society began to liven up, in part because of Cromwell began encouraging the creation of a new, dynamic social elite in the capital. Entertainment such as dancing and musical performances became socially acceptable at this time,
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