Lead: Clever of mind and action and flexible in his alliances in a time of great change in England, Lord Anthony Ashley Cooper served as an early model for the modern politician.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Supple might be a good word to describe the political career of Lord Ashley. He was one of the most interesting and controversial English politicians in the years before and after the Restoration of monarchy in 1660. Born into wealth and prominence on both sides of his family in 1621, he fought for the King in the early days of the English Civil Wars. He then switched sides and served as a local officer of Parliamentary forces in Dorset, served Oliver Cromwell as member of Parliament and on the Commonwealth Council of State, gradually soured on the arbitrary and repressive military politics of Cromwell and the Protectorate, then switched sides again just in time to help make possible the Restoration of King Charles II.


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