Two key events occurred in November of 1641 that were vital in shaping Cromwell's political career. First, on November one, news of a great rebellion in Ireland reached London. The news sparked fears in many Puritans of a revival of Roman Catholic power in Ireland, and Cromwell himself saw the rebellion as a first step in a frightful Catholic plot to lay waste to England. The rebellion also provided further fodder for the growing animosity between Parliament and King Charles I, primarily over who should have the authority to appoint a commanding officer to quash the Irish rebellion. Cromwell himself was nominated to sit on a new Council for Irish Affairs, and was determined to see Protestant–and Parliamentary–interests prevail. The second important event was the passage of the Grand Remonstrance on November twenty-two, 1641. The Grand Remonstrance was a bill which spelled out
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