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Foreign policy was the major reason for the breakdown of crown-Parliament relations from 1625-1629

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?It was the foreign policy of Charles I that led to the breakdown of the relationship between crown and Parliament in the years 1625-1629? Though foreign policy was one of the main contributing factors as to why the relationship between Crown and Parliament broke down, there were other reasons of the same significance that created the total destruction. These other reasons are things such as; Charles? personality, religion and finance. Religion for instance caused great division between the two, with Charles openly supporting anti-Calvinism and Montagu and his two writings, A New Gagg For An Olde Goose and Apello Caesarem that made Parliament grow suspicious of his religious intentions. At the beginning of his reign, Charles immediately brought unrest simply because of him being the ?mirror opposite? (Cogswell) of his successor, his father, James who was ?gregarious and loquacious? (Smith), in contrast to Charles, who appeared ?taciturn and cold? (Smith). This, for obvious reasons, circulated an air of uncertainty around him, as it was a vast change. However, it is said that these personality flaws stemmed from his childhood and his stammer that he struggled to overcome and further hindered him from being a successful ruler as he was unable to communicate and rarely explained his actions. ...read more.

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At this point, Charles makes a deal with the judge to call an interim ruling, meaning the outcome is in his favour. However, this would only be special to this particular scenario and Charles was aware another case may appear and has this rule changed into one that applied to any similar situation; from a rule of court to a firm precedent. This would never have been found out were it not for Buckingham who broadcast the fact that Charles had manipulated the courts which as a consequence allowed for further distrust towards Charles as his underhand ways were highlighted to everyone and proving he could manipulate the system in an unfair and unjust way. In addition, the pairing of the Petition of Right and the Three Resolutions, something, which Parliament felt they had to enforce in an attempt to control Charles. The Petition of Right came about due to the failed Bill of Rights, by Seldom and Elliot- extreme Parliamentary members. However, it was seen as a damning upon the king and so was rewritten and made more conservative so that Charles would actually agree and have it passed. ...read more.

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Charles put this into action as he had no Parliamentary financial support and a war with Spain and France was strongly under threat. In conclusion, I do not think that Foreign policy solely on its own was to blame for the breakdown of relationship between Crown and Parliament as that, as a factor on its own, doesn?t constitute a relationship breakdown. However, if combined with the others, it would create a lot of distrust towards Charles and his disloyalty would only fuel this, which would then result in the final breakdown of the relationship. The one key factor that seems to stem the others, would he his personality. Charles was well known for being arrogant, believing in his own self-righteousness and acting without explanation, mainly because of his inferiority complex produced by his stammer. As king, it lead him to be paranoid over critiques and possible opposition that can act as almost a justification for his actions and own style of rule. It is also probable that did he not have these character flaws, he would have refrained from acting as he did and the relationship would have been pleasant and it would not have suffered a breakdown as a direct result. ...read more.

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