Interregnum issues

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  • Political, foreign policy, religious and economical issues of Interregnum period
    • Political
      • 1653-Barebones parliament- selected not elected- resigns due to disagreements over religion, law and property
      • 1654-First protectorate- dismissed by Cromwell when they voted to only raise militia by consent of parliament
      • 1657-Humble petition and advice- Cromwell offered position as king, ended arbitrary exclusion
      • 1659- Royalist uprising led by George booth in Cheshire stopped by Lambert
      • Rule of major generals 1655-1657- the country was split into 12 sections- militaristic rule- financed by a tax of one tenth on the estates of known royalists- finished when the decimation tax failed to pass in parliament in 1657- disliked by the gentry as many of the major generals were working class- one of the major generals shut down 200 ale houses
    • Foreign policy
      • 1649- massacre in Drogheda and Wexford, shows problem with Ireland
      • 1650-Defeat Scottish at Dunbar
      • 1651- defeat Charles Stuart as Worcester
    • Religious
      • Jewish people allowed in England shows religious tolerance
      • 1656 James Naylor case- shows leniency as he was only flogged, branded and had his tongue bored for committing blasphemy
    • Economical
      • There was economic stability during the interregnum
      • Increase in Tithes- religious tax

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