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Charles I

1st Edition

By Richard Cust


504 pages

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Charles I was a complex man whose career intersected with some of the most dramatic events in English history. He played a central role in provoking the English Civil War, and his execution led to the only republican government Britain has ever known. Historians have struggled to get him into perspective, veering between outright condemnation and measured sympathy.

Richard Cust shows that Charles I was not ‘unfit to be a king’, emphasising his strengths as a party leader and conviction politician, but concludes that, none the less, his prejudices and attitudes, and his mishandling of political crises did much to bring about a civil war in Britain. He argues that ultimately, after the war, Charles pushed his enemies into a position where they had little choice but to execute him.

Table of Contents

1. A Political Apprenticeship, 1600-1622 2. Charles and Buckingham, 1623-1628 3. The Personal Rule, 1629-1640 4. Charles and the British Problem, 1625-1638 5. Charles and the Outbreak of Civil War, 1639-1642 6. Charles and Civil War, 1642-1649 Conclusion

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century