Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of Britain, dies. He is succeeded by his son, Richard, but he lacks the charisma and military credentials of his father, and by the following May his rule has collapsed, creating a power vacuum while ushers in the Restoration of Charles II.
Editors. "Death of Oliver Cromwell". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2011
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