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Charles I : a political life

Author: Richard Cust
Publisher: Harlow, England : Longman/Pearson, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Charles, King of England; Charles, King of England
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Cust
ISBN: 9781405859035 1405859032
OCLC Number: 154888234
Description: xii, 488 pages, [8] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: A political apprenticeship, 1600-1622 --
Charles and Buckingham, 1623-1628 --
The personal rule, 1629-1640 --
Charles and the British problem, 1625-1638 --
Charles and the outbreak of civil war, 1639-1642 --
Charles and civil war, 1642-1649.
Responsibility: Richard Cust.

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Charles I has often been portrayed as unfit to rule, with historians blaming him for the events surrounding the Civil War. This biography of Charles I addresses their judgments of the king - that he  Read more...

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