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Charles I

1st Edition

By Mark Parry


260 pages

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Paperback: 9781138712225
pub: 2019-09-30
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Charles I provides a detailed overview of Charles Stuart, placing his reign firmly within the wider context of this turbulent period and examining the nature of one of the most complex monarchs in British history.

The book is organised chronologically, beginning in 1600 and covering Charles’ early life, his first difficulties with his parliaments, the Personal Rule, the outbreak of Civil War, and his trial and eventual execution in 1649. Interwoven with historiography, the book emphasises the impact of Charles’ challenging inheritance on his early years as king and explores the transition from his original championship of international Protestantism to his later vision of a strong and centralised monarchy influenced by continental models, which eventually provoked rebellion and civil war across his three kingdoms. This study brings to light the mass of contradictions within Charles’ nature and his unusual approach to monarchy, resulting in his unrivaled status as the only English King to have been tried and executed by his own subjects.

Offering a fresh approach to this significant reign and the fascinating character that held it, Charles I is the perfect book for students of early modern Britain and the English Civil War.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter 1: Early Life and Prince of Wales (1600-25); Chapter 2: Patriot King (1625-29); Chapter 3: Imperial Monarch (1629-40); Chapter 4: Royalist in chief (1640-42); Chapter 5: Warlord (1642-46); Chapter 6: Conscientious Objector (1646-49); Epilogue: Legacy of a Royal Martyr; Notes; Guide to Further Reading; Index

About the Author

Mark Parry teaches History at Westminster School. He is the author of several academic articles on the political and religious history of the early Stuart period and of an A-level textbook Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603-1702 (2015).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Europe / Ireland
HISTORY / Revolutionary
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HISTORY / Social History