First Protectorate Parliament 1654

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  • First Protectorate Parliament
    • Religion
      • The case of John Biddle highlighted the issue of religious toleration.
        • A Socinian, he was accused of blasphemy- the case showed the divisions of Army and Parl. as well as Cromwell's own aims.
      • In 1654 Parl. effectively decided they would control religion
        • Biddle was interrogated and imprisoned.
          • This led to Cromwell dissolving it after 5 lunar months
    • Politics
      • The First Protectorate Parliament followed the Instrument of Govt.
        • The MPs focused on attacking this rather than relieving the godly.
      • They also put Cromwell's position under attack with December resolutions asserting their supremacy.


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