• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Whose side would you be on in the English Civil War?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

´╗┐Whose side would you be on in The English Civil War? Civil war was declared. In this essay, I will explain my choice on whose side I think I would be on in The English Civil War. I feel sorry for Charles I because in actual fact his wife Henrietta Maria persuaded him and left him with no choice to make the bad decisions he made. If it weren?t for his wife intruding in the king?s business there would not have been a Civil War. This makes me sympathise with Charles I. I would be a Parliamentarian because Charles I made some very terrible decisions such as in 1629 Charles I dismissed Parliament and decided to rule on his own, I think this was the wrong decision to make because ...read more.

Middle

I think this was a very foolish thing to do, just because he was presented with the Petition of Rights which said that no taxes could be collected without Parliaments permission to collect taxes as he knew some of them were going to be very unfair decisions like in 1635 when he chose to extend the ship money, even to those who were nowhere near the coastline. This is why some people rebelled against this. Charles I was a big spender. Not only did he spend money on his family, his favourites and his friends, but he needed to pay for wars against France and Spain. I think that spending money on this that you didn?t need is a very selfish thing to do particularly when everything was more expensive and ...read more.

Conclusion

He made the right decision and fought for the safety of the citizens of England; it was their right and will of knowing what the king was actually doing to England. I think the members of Parliament were brave people and did not deserve to be put down by the king. The New Model Army is an example of Oliver Cromwell?s great achievements. The officers were well-trained and the soldiers were well equipped, well fed and paid. This showed that the Parliament deserved to win the Civil War as they were well prepared and everyone was treated fairly unlike the king. I think that Parliament deserved to win the Civil War and King Charles I turned England upside down into depression. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. Was Cromwell a Hero or a Villain?

    door, he killed my family and what's more, he forced us from our homes. He made us lie on the streets." (Date unknown) "...nailed a baby to a church door..." An excellent example of pure propaganda. Nothing can get better than this - it's just pure propaganda.

  2. Gallic war

    However, Parthian problems continued: * In 41 and 40 BC, Antony faced invasion by Parthia. * 39 ? Antony attacked the Parthians in Armenia. * During 39-38, Parthians were cleared from Syria. * 37 ? Antony invaded Parthia but was forced to retreat after losing 17,000 men.

  1. Life of Oliver Cromwell

    rejected a surrender. Not only was the garrison army made up of Catholics, but a vast majority were Protestants. This was an outrage to Cromwell, and would later drive him to cause what to be said criminal acts. Cromwell finally stormed the town, he ordered his men to 'spare only the lives of civilians'.

  2. Was Oliver Cromwell a villain?

    Finally, when he ruled as lord protector it was a dictatorship and he had too much power and did not know how to deal with the power well. People at that period of time also felt that the country was badly managed and unstable during his rule as they decided that they wanted to restore the monarchy.

  1. The Other Side of the Destruction

    describes how the Indians were able to fool the Spanish by using a war tactic against them: "they hit upon the notion of digging holes in the middle of the roads so that any horse being ridden along that stretch of road would fall into the hole and impale itself

  2. Death of King Charles

    if it meant that the citizens of England had to put up with it and be put in misery for his sake no matter what anyone else thought.

  1. Was Oliver Cromwell a hero or a villain?

    In 1647 Parliament voted to ban Christmas and Easter as they were not mentioned in the bible and were associated with the Catholic Church. Although new, shorter holidays were added, it still made people very angry that Cromwell supported these and made less people vote for Cromwell in those situations.

  2. Causes and consequences of the English Civil War

    So he introduced ?Ship money?, this usually happened when countries thought they were under threat of being invaded and got cities near seas to either give ships, or give money to build them. He told sheriffs that they would be under threat, but nothing happened.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work