Paul de la Roche, 1836: Archbishop Laud Blessing the Earl of Strafford. Strafford was a close advisor to King Charles I, condemned to death by the Puritans who controlled Parliament. All three of them would eventually suffer the same fate. The English Civil War was both a secular and a religious struggle; how Protestant or Catholic England would be, whether freedom or uniformity was more important for the survival of the state, and who got to decide, Parliament or the King? Cromwell and Parliament won the war, but couldn’t maintain a government after Cromwell’s death.

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