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Richard Cromwell

Not until the Revolution had collapsed from within, and the quarrelsome heirs of the Long Parliament had forfeited the right to govern, was the way clear for the restoration of a Stuart sovereign. The return of the monarchy, writes Austin Woolrych, was welcomed with enthusiasm as an alternative to social anarchy.

The Lord Protector stood down on May 25th, 1659.

Portrait of Richard Cromwell

Ivan Roots on the brief reign of Richard Cromwell.