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Algernon Sidney
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Born in Penshurst, Kent
Born on 0st of January 1623
Died on 6th of December 1683

Sidney was a figure of some importance in the Protectorate and afterwards, more carried along by events than controlling them. He fought for Parliament at Marston Moor, was part of the commission to try Charles I, though he opposed Charles Iís execution at the time (changing his mind undiplomatically near the Restoration) and saw Cromwell as a tyrant. He was a Republican who noted the many Stuart failures and opposed absolutism, finding it politic to remain in exile in Rome from 1660 to 1677. He certainly plotted against the monarchy, but his conviction (and execution) for complicity in the Rye House plot was very dubious.

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