Assess the View That Cromwell Was Principally to Blame for the Parliamentary Difficulties in the 1650s.

Assess the view that Cromwell was principally to blame for the parliamentary difficulties in the 1650s.

For this view of Cromwell being the principal blame of parliamentary difficulties in the 1650s to be accurate, it should be the case that the authors from each of the passages given all support this view, however this is not true. Roots argues that the MPs political behaviour was the reason why Cromwell closed down the Rump and caused problems, and Coward and Macinnes state the different ideas of the extent of religious liberty people should have was a main factor for the reason of difficulties in parliament. Therefore it can be argued that Cromwell was not principally to blame for parliamentary difficulties as all the authors argue that some of the blame was on the MPs of the parliament of that time, however Cromwell was partially to blame.
Ivan Roots in interpretation A takes the view that the political behaviour of the Rump Parliament’s MPs made Oliver Cromwell lose his patience and dismiss the parliament. Arguably, this view disagrees with the statement that Cromwell was principally to blame for any difficulties in parliament as it was the MPs political behaviour that caused the difficulties. “Now and again…the Rump responded enough to pressure” is evidence from Roots that MPs were to blame for difficulties as the Rump mainly did stuff only when they were pressured. There is also evidence that strengthens this by the fact that when the Rump was contemplating whether or not to answer grievances of the Elizabethan Statutes, which compelled attendance at Sunday worship, the Rump only decided to repeal the Act when the Army pressured them. In the first year the Rump passed 125 laws, this decreased to 51 laws in 1552, this further justifies the argument that the parliament showed a reluctance to innovate and do much, and strengthens the view that the MPs were to blame for parliamentary difficulties. Roots then argues that the Rump only discussed arrangements...