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Unformatted text preview: Cromwell's newly charged Puritanism greatly affected his political views. In early 1640, Cromwell was elected once again to sit in Parliament, this time as a representative for Cambridge. This year marked the beginning of the Long Parliament, and from the beginning Oliver revealed himself to be one of the strongest defenders of Parliament in opposition to the actions of King Charles I. For Cromwell, this opposition was centered on the defense of the Protestant Reformation in England, and he sat on a number of parliamentary committees that dealt with cases of church reform. He argued his views with considerable fire and zealotry, at one point even proposing a bill "for the abolition of superstition and idolatry and for the better advancement of true worship and service of God." In his zeal for Protestant reform in the early days of the Long Parliament, Cromwell was...
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