Did Charles I Deserve to be Executed?
In the middle ages the power of the monarchs was a lot greater than the power of today. For example the monarch would create the laws and taxes the country would obey by there rules and there rules only. The monarch would decide when the country went to war and when Parliament was needed (many problems were caused by the monarchs and Parliament disagreeing). However nowadays our monarchs tend to hand over there power to parliament. Parliament creates the laws, taxes and decides what the country needs. The power of the monarch in 1625 – 49 decreased as Charles I did not consult parliament in what he did. His actions eventually lead the country to a civil war. He believed he could do whatever he wanted as he believed his power came from god. In this essay I will include why Charles ignores the will of parliament, why he started the civil war and if he was responsible for all the murders, rapings, burnings, damage and desolation.
Charge 1 – Charles ignored the will of parliament
Charles was guilty of this charge as he ignored parliament and raised taxes at his own will. This made parliament doubt his ability as king because he did not consult them and would not have needed to raise the taxes if he did. He married Henrietta Maria (when parliament advised him not to) which lead to him trying to change the religion of England and decorating puritan churches (this was one of the reasons of the civil war). On the other hand Charles was not guilty as he had the divine right which means his power comes from god. In 1625 parliament granted him taxes for only one year this is why he raised them. I believe Charles was guilty of this charge as he did everything at his own will. He should have listened to parliament and even though they only granted him taxes for one year. This is not a good thing to do if your country needs you to rule well.
Charge 2 – Charles started the Civil War
Charles was guilty of this charge as he...
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