1646–1660: Harrison the Millenarian
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Millenarianism was part of English Protestantism.1 Harrison’s developing millenarianism became the basis of his religious and political position. One contemporary described Harrison as ‘an enthusiast’.2 Harrison’s millenarianism drove him to be one of the first to publicly call for regicide and, after the execution of Charles, look for the establishment of the rule of the saints. In doing so, Harrison’s millenarianism saw him engage with the emerging Fifth Monarchist movement. As a major-general in the victorious and revolutionary New Model, but also clearly at the heart of its political and religious councils, for some, Harrison became, in 1652-53, the pre-eminent Fifth Monarchist. Yet the very millenarianism that drove his revolutionary actions in the years 1647-53 also underpinned Harrison’s post-1653 political retreat.