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The greatest man is he who chooses the right with the most invincible resolution; who resists the sorest temptation from within and without; who bears the heaviest burdens cheerfully; who is calmest in storms, and most fearless under menaces and frowns; whose reliance on truth, on virtue and on God is most unfaltering. (Seneca the Younger)
History is full of men that make an imprint in its pages. However, few clear the way to a new horizon that can not be fully seen by its fellow companions, but mark a new beginning in the History of this Great Nation. What if the heir of Oliver Cromwell was another man of lesser capacity and command? Would Charles II have returned and claimed again King of England? Would our progress and welfare be forsaken?
Lord Protector Henry Cromwell ruled for 38 years, bringing progress, trade, peace and establishing the Constitutional Framework of the Commonwealth and expanding the dominions, colonies and territories. Henry Cromwell’s memory and legacy has become as important as the one of Queen Elizabeth that is praised as a heroine of the Protestant cause and the ruler of a golden age.
Point Of Divergence (POD)
- Charles I, the last monarch of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland is executed in 1649. Following his death, the three kingdoms become a republic, known as the Commonwealth - governed ostensibly by Parliament and Cromwell. With the monarchy abolished, and the 'pretender' Stuarts never again to return to the throne, Cromwell and his successors led a very different kind of British Empire.
- The English Protectorate survives and thrives. The goals of the British Civil Wars, no king, no bishop, no lords are achieved. The Interregnum (1649–60) becomes permanent.
- Main articles that can serve as introduction
- Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland also called British Commonwealth or Britannia
- Lord Protector of the Commonwealth
- Culture and society
- World Gazetteer
- Detailed timeline of Cromwell the Great
- Kingdom of France and later the French Republic
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