This chapter explores the election of Andrew Marvell into Parliament, particularly the “Cavalier Parliament,” whose adoption of the Clarendon Code—a code of laws that re-established the dominance of the Church of England—and its apparent hostility to any dissenters of its rule would be the characteristics which gave it the title. It looks at the work that he did as an elected member of Parliament, his relations with other members and political relations, and his handling of the issues which arose during the period—such as the religious differences that were abundant. The chapter also notes Marvell's mission to Holland, where he proved useful to Charles II's government—which could be due to a various number of reasons, such as his diplomatic and mercantile connections or his knowledge of Dutch.
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