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Unformatted text preview: On June fourteen the Army Council issued a declaration calling for a purge of Parliament, especially of the conservative Presbyterians who seemed too attached to the old system of monarchy. The declaration also proclaimed that the troops were not mercenaries at Parliament's disposal, but citizens of England wearing military uniforms. The Army Council also accused eleven leading Presbyterians of treason. In the meanwhile, Cromwell had resumed his former position as Lieutenant-General of the Army. The troops saw him as a natural leader, but Cromwell made it clear that he was in favor of restoring military order and discipline. He rejected the democratic ideology being pushed by the radicals in the Army, who were known as the Levellers. At this point in time, in fact, Cromwell thought of the monarchy as a necessary part of social order and property rights, and worried about his soldiers' demands for populist...
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08