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Was the closing down of Parliament for eleven years the most important reason for the English Civil War? The suspension of Parliament was not significant in the cause of the Civil war, the events show a civil war would have happened anyway. The king suspended parliament because it challenged his power. It may have caused parliament to resent the kings power, but there was already resentment to the king and the way he ruled the nation. A long term reason for the civil war was the struggle between Catholicism and Protestantism. ...read more.


This caused a widespread rebellion that started a war with Scotland. Charles firmly believed in the divine rights of kings and that it was his right to run the country as he wished without considering the rights of his subjects. This viewpoint made him make many unpopular decisions. The king believed the only power above him was God. When parliament challenged his decisions he felt justified in closing parliament. Another long term reason was there was a general belief in the country that Parliament should have more say in how the country was run. The war was fought to allow parliament to govern instead of the king. ...read more.


had escaped apart from Cromwell so he tried to arrest him, the king backed down after Cromwell told him that his arrest would mean war. Charles reacted by shutting Parliament down again. This started the civil war. Although the closing down of Parliament for eleven years was important because it made Parliament realise the king was fully against Parliament. I believe that the second closing of Parliament was more important because it demonstrated the king's intentions. Parliament was forced to remove the king's power to govern because he had shown he was unfit to govern. Because the king would not back down a civil war was inevitable. ...read more.

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