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Unformatted text preview: For the first few months of 1647, Oliver Cromwell was concerned about what role he would play in the new government that followed the English Civil War. King Charles I was held hostage by Parliament, but Parliament itself had returned under the control of a conservative Presbyterian faction which favored restoration of the monarchy. From January to April, Cromwell did not sit in the House of Commons at all, and even contemplated leaving England to fight in the wars which continued to rage between Protestants and Catholics in Germany. The troops of the New Model Army were restless as well, particularly because the soldiers had not been paid for some time. A mutiny seemed imminent, and Parliament sent Cromwell to Essex in May 1647 to bring the army back under Parliament's command. Although it was Parliament's understanding that Cromwell would offer the command....
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- Fall '08
- Oliver Cromwell