- Title Pages
- Preface and Acknowledgements
- Chapter 1 Writing Divine Right
- Chapter 2 Figuring Stuart Dynasty
- Chapter 3 Staging Stuart Dynasty
- Chapter 4 Contesting the King
- Prologue: A Failure Image?
- Chapter 5 The Words and Silences of a King
- Chapter 6 Depicting Virtue and Majesty
- Chapter 7 Performing Sacred Kingship
- Chapter 8 Demystifying Majesty
- Prologue: The Civil War and the Contest for Represntation
- Chapter 9 Wars of Words and Paper Bullets
- Chapter 10 Visual Conflicts and Wars of Signs
- Chapter 11 Rival Rituals and Performances
- Prologue: Representing Republic
- Chapter 12 Writing Republic
- Chapter 13 A Republican Brand?
- Chapter 14 Staging Republic
- Chapter 15 Subverting the Commonwealth
- Prologue: ‘Bring Crownes and Scepters’
- Chapter 16 Proclaiming Protectorate
- Chapter 17 Painting Protectoral Power
- Chapter 18 Protectoral Performances
- Chapter 19 Contesting and Commemorating Cromwell
- (p.468) Chapter 16 Proclaiming Protectorate
- Image Wars
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This chapter discusses the proclamation of the protectorate by republicans in England. On December 16, 1653, England had its first written constitution, which was described as articles for the future government of the Commonwealth. The Instrument of Government was the creation of Major General John Lambert, who introduced it to the Council of Officers on December 13. When it was published to the nation on December 16, the Instrument opened by declaring “That the Supreme Legislative Assembly of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland shall be and reside in one person and the people assembled in parliament, the style of which person shall be the Lord Protector.” Subsequent clauses specified that the Lord Protector would be assisted with a Council of 13 to 21, in the presence of which every successive Protector was to swear his oath that he would not infringe the Instrument.
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