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How far do you agree that the character of King Charles I is most responsible for the Kings decision to rule without parliament in 1629?

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How far do you agree that the character of King Charles I is most responsible for the King?s decision to rule without parliament in 1629? At a young age Charles was a quiet, solitary prince. His brother Henry was the heir to the throne until his death aged 12, and he enjoyed much more popularity in court than his younger brother. The effects of living in his brother?s shadow from an early age gave Charles inadequate training as a public speaker, and ruling alone with only a handful of advisors to guide him would have seemed logical for such a private man. ...read more.


officers who had seized the property of one of their members for not paying tonnage and poundage, a tax the king believed he had right to claim from his wealthy citizens without the consent of Parliament. Although Charles was desperate to fund his expensive foreign commitments such as the payment of £30,000 monthly to Denmark as part of an anti-Hapsburg alliance, he was in direct violation of the ‘Petition of Right’ that he had only recently, in 1628, agreed with Parliament. The petition stated that no one should be forced to make a loan or pay tax without the consent of Parliament. ...read more.


The kind ordered the arrest of those involved and nine MPs were imprisoned. This was to be the start of Charles? eleven-year personal rule. Overall, Parliament?s actions although merely attempting to keep check on the King, infuriated Charles as he believed they directly attacked his right to absolute rule. Ultimately the decision of personal rule was solely the King?s decision and that makes him responsible for the following eleven years without a session of Parliament. The Commons may not have always acted in the King?s favour, but they were understandably cautious in their aiding of the King, especially considering his reliance on calling Parliament solely to be granted extra subsidies. ...read more.

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