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  • Oliver Cromwell wasn’t a king, but he was significant to our European history. He publicly executed Charles I, in which he also replaced the monarchy with commonwealth. In fact, he declared himself “The Lord of Commonwealth”, and overall abolished monarchy in England.
  • Well here we are now in 1651 my child. Our government was once replaced by a republic, as monarchy has been abolished, and the restoration happened.
  • What happened after the English Civil War?
  • This restoration overall re-established the English monarchy under King Charles II. He’s called the “restorer”, but personally, I don’t think what he did was enough. Oliver Cromwell at one point restricted society from basic social activities, and he restored these unnecessary rules. However, he returned England to a monarchy!
  • But what was the restoration?
  • Wow! I have another question.
  • What was the Glorious Revolution? I heard about it at school the other day.
  • What is it dear?
  • The glorious revolution was a bloodless response to James II’s rule. This was where Parliament invited James's sister and her husband to rule England in order to end James’s rule. The couple had to agree to a set of laws, called the English Bill of Rights, in which this completely limited the power of the monarchy in England.
  • I know right? Also, England is now a constitutional monarchy. This means that the English Bill of Rights now limits the power of the monarchy, and now we are allowed to be penalized for voicing our grievances to the king! We’re living in a great and improved country!
  • Wow! Who knew that those were the leading reasons why England got rid of absolutism?
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