''Personal Rule'' of Charles I

  • The English Civil War
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The Personal Rule of King Charles I, was a 10-year period of English History (roughly 1630-1640). The King, at odds with Parliament dissolved the Ruling Body and instituted His own set of ''Royal Privilege Laws'' (as He saw was His ''God Given Right''). Faced with English Commerce under Privateering Raid along it's Trade Routes in The Atlantic and Caribbean, plus impending involvement in several European Conflicts, Charles needed to raise various Taxes. Having exceeded His agreements with Parliament when it was in session, Charles levied huge taxes on The Nobility. These violated the initial conditions of The Magna Carta of the 13th Century AD. In addition, the rank and file Commoner began to ''feel the pinch''. Those who ''rebelled'' (even in peaceful protest), against His ''Personal Rule Laws'', were often dealt with death (execution) and or (in some cases) mutilation. Fearing wider (pre-Civil War) ''Armed Conflict'' from ''rumors'' initiated by annoyed Lords, Charles reinstated Parliament after it's long absence. While Charles was able to levy some money, Parliament ''remembered'' His ''excesses'' and stopped short of raising ''what'' The King ''felt'' He needed. The Personal Rule is seen as an early example of the ''opening shots'' of The First English Civil War of the 1640s.