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Charles I and the origins of the English Civil War, 1625-1642

The reign of Charles I, until the attempted arrest of the five MPs in January
1642, divides clearly into three phases:
The years of the Personal Rule, 1629-1640
1640-January 1642, the reforming phase of the Long Parliament.


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The Second Parliament (February-May 1626) proved unsatisfactory both to
the King and to Parliament. The Commons was determined to remove the Duke
of Buckingham. The strategy was to vote for subsidies but leave them in
committee stage until Buckingham had been impeached. Eventually, Charles
had to dissolve Parliament in order…


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