To what extent was the royalist defeat in the civil war due to Charles I?
- It was the root of his problems; believed by Farr.
- Shy and hampered by a speech defect- unapproachable and uncommunicative.
- Actions unexplained leaving others to interpret them.
- Unable to compromise
- Didn't have the personality or political skill that invited loyalty- weak King and poor leader.
- Indecisive- especially at war.
- Initially in a strong position- natural alliegence to most as he was King.
- Charles failed to take advantage of early strength.
- Failed to take the oppertunity to advance on London, went back to Oxford- stalemate edgehill.
- Few Victories- including 5th July Lansdown.
- Series of Royalist military mistakes - weak coordination of forces.
- Divide of royalist councils.
- Naseby (against new NMA) destroyed Charles military capabilites in England.