The Failure Of Oliver Cromwell During The English Civil War

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The failures of Oliver Cromwell brought a relapse of the Stuart dynasty, of what he had once tried to eliminate. Even though he ended the rule of Charles I of England, in the end his strict governing led to the rebellion of the English people against him. This led to Charles II, Charles I’s son, to rule, in a way, relapsing his father’s rule. Oliver Cromwell’s main purpose of the disposal of the king Charles I was he was ruling England as a absolutist; although, that is what Oliver Cromwell himself ended up doing during his reign of power of the country of England. During the English Civil War Oliver Cromwell was a strong soldier, but a deficient ruler of the people. Oliver Cromwell was no better at ruling the people of England than the Stuart …show more content…
The unpopularity of Cromwell was a change from the Stuart dynasty since Ireland often was supported by the Stuarts. Cromwell’s Irish offensive included the massacre of Catholics and Protestants, which basically means he killed all Irish people. One of his main goals as ruler was to “tame” the Irish, in other words establishing an English line in Ireland. Cromwell promised to have mercy on those who surrendered, but slaughtered forces that did surrender going against his word. Cromwell ordered all Irish children to work as slaves in the West Indies, where many of them would die, but his theory was dead children would not grow up into adults with more children. He did so to eliminate the Irish race. A modern day archetype would be when Adolf Hitler tried to completely eliminate the Jewish race from the face of the earth, which is known as the Holocaust. Cromwell’s cruelty in Ireland during the English Civil War brought to light his immense cruelty of those who were not like him, and overall was one of his detriments during his reign because of how unjust his actions were for such a “moral” …show more content…
During the dynasty of Stuart rule the Stuarts were Anglican, even though they had more Catholic tendencies than Anglican majority of the time. Since Cromwell was an Independent, he entailed his beliefs on the people of England, who often did not accept his beliefs. Since majority of England were Anglican, the people did not readily comply with these laws. These laws were known as the Blue laws which greatly constricted the people of England. Some examples of these laws are the people could not wear makeup or bright colored clothes, dance, drink alcohol, celebrate publicly, dance, and swear. These restrictions on the people made Oliver Cromwell unpopular in the country. If someone were to break one of these laws, they were either fined or thrown in prison. Oliver Cromwell believed that to get to Heaven you had to work hard, and “pointless enjoyment” would not get you there. For instance, if children were caught throwing a football they would be whipped. The once unrestricted people under the rule of the Stuarts started to see how they wanted the country to be what it had once been under the rule of the Stuarts. Overall, Cromwell’s strict laws during the English Civil war brought to light to the people of England how much they wanted the Stuart dynasty back, in the end bringing on the reign of Charles

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