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By Rob Attar

Evaluation: The lifestyles And occasions Of The Stuarts specializes in a nation-defining interval of British background that's each piece as mesmerizing, dramatic and pivotal as that of Henry VIII and co. BBC background journal now turns its realization from the tale Of The Tudors to the seismic adjustments that happened in the British Isles through the Stuart rule among 1603 and 1714.

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Yet, as the conflict went badly – and England simultaneously got sucked into hostilities with Catholic France – parliament demanded the impeachment of the king’s leading minister, the Duke of Buckingham, before it would vote further taxation. Charles opted to stand by his favourite and tried to raise the money by means of a forced loan. Politically, this proved a costly move, for it led to parliament’s Petition of Right of 1628, condemning arbitrary taxation. However, it was more evidence of an inexperienced king panicking when he found himself at war with Europe’s two major powers without adequate financing than of a desire to subvert the constitution.

Compared to what was going on in Europe at the time, during the height of the Thirty Years’ War, or the turmoil that England, Scotland and Ireland were to experience during the following decade, the 1630s in England seemed to be a time of relative peace and prosperity. The policies Charles pursued were undoubtedly controversial. He financed the government through a series of fiscal expedients – grants of monopolies, forest fines and distraint of knighthood. He also enforced prerogative levies such as ship money, an emergency measure to supply the navy at times of national danger.

Take the example of ship money. Even those who were willing to support Charles voluntarily resented the legal adjudication that it was a levy the king had the right to collect. Meanwhile, Charles’s policy towards the church might have drawn support from some, but particular aspects of his ecclesiastical reforms offended a broad cross-section of the population – moderate as well as radical Puritans, not to mention mainstream Protestants. He even managed to alienate those who didn’t hold particularly strong religious beliefs by demanding that Catholics drive naked Protestants into the countryside in this depiction of the Irish Rebellion of 1641 42 The Life And Times Of The Stuarts ALAMY certainly did when he was king – but most do not succumb to revolution.

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