The First Protectorate Parliament, 1654-1655

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  • Created on: 03-02-18 14:06

Tensions over the 'Instrument of Government'

  • Republicans did not like the fact that the Protector could legislate through ordinances when Parliament was not sitting, had control of the army and the expense/size of the army
  • It made Cromwell like a KIng, so they refused to ratify the new constitution

Tensions over religion - the Biddle Case (1654)

  • John Biddle denied the Trinity and divinity of Christ; he was accused of blasphemy and Parliament stated he should be imprisoned and his works burnt
  • Parliament argued that this was beyond what was acceptable under liberty of conscience
  • Cromwell believed that this was an attack on the rights


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