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Opposition to the Protectorate
First off there was minimal opposition

Republican opposition
There was a group of republicans who had opposed Cromwell's removal of the Rump
parliament; they saw the protectorate as a drift towards kingship. The offer of the
crown to Cromwell seemed to confirm this fear. Haseling was…

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assassinate Cromwell. Plan to blow up Cromwell when he arrived at Whitehall for the


opening of the 2nd parliament. Only ever a plot because a snitch informed Thurloe, Sexby
fled to Holland and believed Cromwell was a tyrant.

Army opposition
3 colonel petition in 1654 denounced the protectorate, arguing the…

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