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In 1653 Oliver Cromwell dissolved the Rump Parliament and then Barebone's Parliament dissolved itself. The Commonwealth was not getting off to a great start.
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Charles II raised an army of Scots to help him claim the throne, but they were defeated by Oliver Cromwell at Dunbar and Worcester.
After Pride's Purge, Charles I was executed by the Rump Parliament on January 30, 1649. Then Cromwell invaded Ireland.
As the New Model Army debated the merits of constitutional democracy, King Charles was scheming to put himself back on the throne.
After the Battle of Naseby ended the King's chances for military victory, he became the frustrating center of post-war negotiations.
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After years of muddling along, Parliament created a more professional army. They finally defeated King Charles at Nasbay in June 1645.