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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 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)
As in our timeline Oliver Cromwell died in 1658 however he chooses is younger son Henry as Lord Protector instead of Richard.
- 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 lead 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.