In 1625 Charles I succeeded to the throne of a nation heavily involved in a European war and deeply divided by religious controversy. Within four years he had dissolved Parliament and begun a period of eleven years of personal rule. In the first, monumental and massively researched history of the King's personal rule, Kevin Sharpe has written a work of unprecedented importance in the debate on the origins of the English Civil War. Whig historians have maintained that civil war was the inevitable outcome of a contest for ...

The Personal Rule of Charles I 1992, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT

ISBN-13: 9780300056884