"Time wasn't marked as accurately then, for the common people anyway. It was just before Cromwell's rule, though".
This is at the end of chapter 15 (The Cullens), when Edward is talking about Carlisle and his past. They are talking about how Carlisle does not know when he was born because time wasn't so accurate back then. However I do not understand how the Cromwell rule fits in. I know about what the Cromwell rule means - that something doesn't have to be 1 or 0. But I don't understand how it fits in.
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This statement in the book is referring to Oliver Cromwell's rule as the 1st Lord Protector of England in 1653. Edward was saying that Carlisle doesn't know the exact year of his birth, but he knows it was sometime in the 1640's, because it was just before Cromwell's rule from 1653-1658.
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