1653–1660: Harrison’s Retreat
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Part III sets Harrison’s relative political pacifism during the Protectorate, outlined in this chapter, deliberately alongside his economic, social, political and religious transformation from a provincial youth to a battle-hardened veteran holding all the trappings of power, which is the focus of Chapter 10. In so doing, the sheer scale of Harrison’s rise to power in 1653 is highlighted even more by its juxtaposition with his seven years in the political wilderness that followed his refusal to accept Cromwell’s establishment by Lambert as Protector. Furthermore, while political power was removed from Harrison in December 1653, he held on to the economic benefits and he thus had much to lose if he chose to enter into more active opposition to Cromwell. Setting his economic and social transformation alongside his years of exile from real political power also therefore more readily sets in context the limits of his active opposition to Cromwell.