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New Model Army

Group  From /2/1645  To 1660

Categories: Armed Forces

Created by the Parliamentarians to oppose the King's forces. It was a professional army, in contrast to the part-time local militia they had at their disposal previously. The men were full-time soldiers and liable to be sent to fight anywhere. Generally, the leaders were barred from holding a seat either in the Lords or the Commons which made the army more independent of these authorities. There were 4 exceptions to this "self-denying ordinance", including Oliver Cromwell.

Commander-in-chief was Sir Thomas Fairfax. Men and their leaders tended to hold radical political and religious views.  It was a meritocracy - a man would be promoted due to his abilities rather than his social position. The Army was disbanded on the Restoration.

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New Model Army

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74496

Putney Debates

In this place Oliver Cromwell, the General Council of the Army and elected so...

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71063

Thomas Rainsborough

Thomas Rainsborough was buried in this churchyard on the 14th November 1648 a...

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