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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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