The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Ancient and Modern History, V. VI: England, 1661 -- China, Japan, 1690] - Vol. 29

The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Ancient and Modern History, V. VI: England, 1661 -- China, Japan, 1690] - Vol. 29

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The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Ancient and Modern History, V. VI: England, 1661 -- China, Japan, 1690] - Vol. 29

The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Ancient and Modern History, V. VI: England, 1661 -- China, Japan, 1690] - Vol. 29

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ANCIENT AND MODERN HISTORY.

CHAPTER CLII.

ENGLAND, UNDER CHARLES II.

THE second protector, Richard Cromwell, not having the talents of the first, could not have the same fortune. His sceptre was not supported by the sword; and as he wanted the resolution and dissimulation of Oliver, he knew not either how to make himself feared by the army, nor how to manage the different sects and parties which divided the nation.

Richard, finding himself treated with contempt and even insolence by his father's military council, thought to secure his authority by convoking a parliament, consisting of two houses; one of which was formed by the principal officers, representing the peers, and the other of deputies from the counties of England, Scotland, and Ireland, representing the three kingdoms; but the leaders of the army soon obliged him to dissolve this parliament, and of their own authority restored that parliament which . . .

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