On 27 March 1625, one of England’s less successful monarchs, Charles I, ascended the throne after the death of his father, James I and VI. As we all know, the match between king and country was not to be a happy marriage. One of the biggest problems was that Charles was an extreme believer in the Divine Right of Kings, which he took to mean … Continue reading Absolute Monarch
On March 10, 1629 Charles I decided he’d had quite enough of this whole “Parliament” thing and dissolved it, beginning an 11-year period known politely as the Personal Rule and less politely as the Eleven Years’ Tyranny. It did not end well for him. Charles’s father, James, was something of a spendthrift during his reign and found himself frequently begging Parliament for money—a fact Parliament … Continue reading The Eleven Years’ Tyranny
On 22 August 1642, Charles I lost his royal patience and declared Parliament traitors, effectively kicking off the English Civil War. Things had been, well, unpleasant between Charles and Parliament for some time. In fact, things between Charles and just about everyone in the country had been tense for a while. The people were upset because he’d married a Roman Catholic, dissolved Parliament, ruling on … Continue reading Oh, It’s On Now!
This is quite a week for kings going into battle. First there was George II leading his troops during the War of the Austrian Succession on June 27, 1743. Almost a hundred years earlier, on June 29, 1644, Charles I defeated a Parliamentarian detachment at the Battle of Cropredy Bridge, marking the last time an English king won a battle on English soil. 1644 hadn’t … Continue reading Warrior King: Part II
On March 27, 1625, the ill-fated Charles I became King of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Sadly, as with his grandmother, it was not a job to which he was well suited. Charles, the grandson of Mary, Queen of Scots, was born during Elizabeth’s reign and came to the throne at the young age of 24. He believed firmly in the divine right of kings and … Continue reading Charles I