Charles I and the Road to Personal Rule

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 30, 2003 - History - 340 pages
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This study of the character and policies of Charles I provides an analysis of the political crisis leading to his personal rule in England during the years before the civil wars. It fills a gap in the historical literature of the period by integrating ideological with political developments and English with international affairs. It is also a contribution to the wider European history of a critical phase of the Thirty Years War. The book offers a new way of understanding Charles by demonstrating how ill-suited his personality was to the workings of the political world. It also argues that Charles's innovatory rule created a new pattern of national politics deeply destructive in its effects. The book gives a gripping account of the king's willingness to pervert the due process of law in dealing with his political opponents, as well as investigating his failures in religious and foreign policy.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Buckinghams England in crisis
9
The death of a Parliament
58
The aftermath
99
Government and justice
118
The king his court and its enemies
172
Foreign policy
226
Decision
275
The anatomy of a political transition
292
Bibliography
297
Index
309
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