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What Was The Main Cause Of The First English Civil War?

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  • Submitted: 13/12/2008
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AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics

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What Was The Main Cause Of The English Civil War? [1642-1646]

The first English Civil War took place between parliamentarians and royalists over the course of four years, from 1642 to 1646. It consisted of much political conspiracy and armed contention from both sides who had encountered great difficulty in co-operating during the flawed reign of Charles I.

The war was a result of parliament's general frustration at the monarch's policies, and the influence of the conflicts in Ireland and Scotland. Parliament's ultimate aim was not to dispose of Charles I from the throne, but to pressurize and obligate the King to abide by the policies in which they desire the country to be run. Supporters of Charles were to battle against parliament, and so began the events of the civil war.

This essay will consider the causes of the civil war through events preceding 1642 from a series of different aspects. Social, political, economic, religious and military accounts will be excogitated and I will venture to find a conclusion to what I believe was the most notable in motivating the war.

Charles I was a highly introverted character during his

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