Stage 1: Charles' reign gets off to a bad start
1625- Charles marries a Catholic
1628- Charles collects tax without Parliaments permission.
Stage 2: Charles rules without Parliament
Stage 3: The Scots
1637- The Scots rebel against the new prayer book
1640- Desperate for money to fight the Scots, Charles recalls Parliament
Stage 4: The Long Parliament demands reforms
1641- The Grand Remonstrance. The House of Commons is divided
- The Irish Rebellion, a Catholic plot is feared.
1642- Charles tries to arrest 4 MP's. The Commons are angry
- Moderate and radical MP's argue about religion
- Parliament seizes control of the army from the king
- The Nineteen Propositions. The Commons go too far. Charles' supporters leave London.
THE CIVIL WAR BEGINS