Charles I was a complex man whose career intersected with some of the most dramatic events in English history. He played a central role in provoking the English Civil War, and his execution led to the only republican government Britain has ever known. Historians have struggled to get him into perspective, veering between outright condemnation and measured sympathy.
Richard Cust shows that Charles I was not unfit to be a king, emphasising his strengths as a party leader and conviction politician, but concludes that, none the less, his prejudices and attitudes, and his mishandling of political crises did much to bring about a civil war in Britain. He argues that ultimately, after the war, Charles pushed his enemies into a position where they had little choice but to execute him.
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About the Author
Richard Cust has been a History lecturer, at Birmingham University for twenty five years and over this time he has published a series of books and articles which have helped to set the agenda for a ‘post revisionist’ account of early Stuart politics. His books include The Forced Loan and English Politics 1626-1628 and Conflict in Early Stuart England (edited with Ann Hughes), another Longman publication.
Table of Contents
1. A Political Apprenticeship, 1600-1622 2. Charles and Buckingham, 1623-1628 3. The Personal Rule, 1629-1640 4. Charles and the British Problem, 1625-1638 5. Charles and the Outbreak of Civil War, 1639-1642 6. Charles and Civil War, 1642-1649 Conclusion