Oliver Cromwell invisioned what?? He was the ultimate religious fanatic who thought he was sent by God...<quoted text>... At this time of the year I would simply love to be in a country Oliver Cromwell had visions of - NO religions...
"...An intensely religious man—a self-styled Puritan Moses—he fervently believed that God was guiding his victories...(Wiki)
The "Lord Protector" was a puritan and more oppressive than the King. That's why there was almost unanimous cheering on the restoration of 1660. Cromwell was a violent revolutionary and an intolerant fantatic who's son wasn't as prepared to enforce his will with the violence necessary to maintain the puritanical "republic" he inherited from his Dad, the dictator. England from 1653-1660 being called a 'republic' puts me in mind of some more recent dictatorships that have 'republic' and 'democratic' in the title while being equally authoritarian.
I have read widely on this subject in the 70's and '80s and even the notoriously pro-parliamentary British histories seem to confirm that it was more an interegnum than anything like a true republic,(far less a democracy, or period of freedom or progress) The 'Book of Sports' was necessary in 1633 just so people could go out on Sundays thanks to religious fundamentalists like Cromwell.