Interregnum: Instruments of Government

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Instruments of Government 

It was a constitutional settlement drafted by Major-General John Lambert during the autumn of 1653 and adopted by the Council of Officers when the Nominated Assemby surrended its powers to Cromwell. 

Under the terms of the Instrument of Government, executive power passed to an elected Lord Protector, advised by a Council of State, numbering between 13 and 21.Cromwell was declared Lord Protector for life, though it was stressed that the


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