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To What extent was Charles I the basic obstacle to reaching a political settlement?

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To what extent was Charles I the basic obstacle to reaching a political settlement in the years 1646 -1648? [30] The argument can be made that, the fact that parliament and the King were unable to reach a political settlement between 1646 and 1648 was largely due to Charles. However other factors such as the desire of the army, and the Levellers, for a republic, as well as actions by the Scots and parliament can also be seen to have played a significant role in the prevention of a political settlement. This essay will asses to what extent Charles I was the basic obstacle to a a political settlement in comparison with other factors. The King can be seen to be to be the basic obstacle to political settlement. Charles? belief in his Divine Right to rule resulted in several issues which arguably led to the prevention of a political settlement. ...read more.

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The Scottish alliance with the King in 1646 (the engagement), in which Scotland gained a certain level of independence in return for support for the King, can be seen to have been one such factor. This engagement threatened to isolate the New Model Army, causing them to resent it. This can be seen to have prevented a political settlement as the army had no intention of negotiating with a force determined to destroy it. Not only did this cause resentment amongst the army but the engagement also caused parliament to further oppose the King. Parliament had many Presbyterian members, which were confronted with the choice of either supporting the Scottish invasion, or facing Presbyterian oblivion in England. Furthermore the engagement caused further hate for the King in parliament who appeared to be threatening to attack his own country. ...read more.

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As a result it can be argued that parliaments mishandling of the army was the basic obstacle to a political settlement between 1646 and 1648. In conclusion, whilst parliament can be seen to have prevented a political settlement by mishandling the army, ultimately the Charles I can be argued to have been the basic obstacle to a political settlement between 1646 and 1648. Charles? decision to attack England with the Scots created disillusionment with him in England. Furthermore, Charles? prevented a political settlement by sitting dormant whilst hoping for his enemies to ?fall out? among themselves. However the basic obstacle to a political settlement between 1646 and 1648, can be argued to be Charles? belief in his divine right and the negotiation be parliament would therefore be an act of treason. As a result Charles can be seen to be to a large extent the basic obstacle to a political settlement between 1646 and 1648. ...read more.

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