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The End of the Commonwealth The Commonwealth was a very different period for England It was a new form of government which had never been tried before Prior to this period England had only been ruled by monarchs who were thought to be given power through divine right The leader of the Commonwealth Oliver Cromwell didnt get his power through divine right but more through military power The Commonwealth lasted from 1649-1660 ending because of Olivers death and the lack of his son Richards ability to follow in the footsteps of his father In order to understand why the Commonwealth ended after Cromwells death one must first understand its leader and how the Commonwealth started Oliver Cromwell was born into a common family of English country Puritans He had no particular advantages that would prepare him for leading a country Yet he had a God given ability to earn the loyalty and respect of the people around him Cromwells early years were ordinary but at the age of twenty-seven he had this sense of his divine destiny that God had in store for him He was a quiet simple serious-minded man who spoke very little But when he did speak people listened and did not question As a justice of the peace his exploits lead him to be noticed by Puritan locals who in turn sent him to Parliament as their representative There he attracted attention with his blunt forcible speech as a member of the Independent Party which was made up of Puritans DAV 145 The English people wanted the establishment of a democratic parliamentary system of civil government and the elimination of the divine right of kings King Charles I the tyrant who had long persecuted the English Puritans by having their ears cut off and their noses slit for going against his attempts to force their churches to episcopacy finally collided with Parliament over a long ordeal with new and
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