Hiya, Weekend Warriors! If you’re making an international relocation to London and looking to learn more about its history, you’ve come to the right place. Continuing on with our weekly overview of Britain’s monarchs, last week we parted ways with King James I to now usher in the reign of his second son, King Charles I.
At the age of 25, Charles I assumes the throne upon his father’s death in 1625, consequently becoming King of England, Scotland, and Ireland. He unfortunately steps into the financial troubles James has left behind along with costs of wars abroad, and, like father-like son, he and Parliament are at odds with one another. Charles does not offer the nobility his support, catering more so to the wishes of his influential friend, the Duke of Buckingham, who is assassinated in 1628. Charles proceeds to summon and dissolve Parliament three times by 1629 before dissolving it for a longer 11-year stint and ruling on his own. This non-parliamentary rule is obviously frowned upon by the citizenry, and his means of raising revenues (e.g., selling commercial monopolies and imposing fees on towns building warships) is likewise controversial. He is further unpopular among the Puritan nobility given his endorsement of High Anglican worship and marriage to the Catholic daughter of the King of France. Many Puritans and Catholics emigrate to the American colonies during this time.
Ah, but there’s more trouble a-brewin’ on the horizon for ol’ Charlie…his personal reign is about to come to an end as unrest in Scotland delivers another noteworthy historical figure instrumental to this king’s demise. Any guesses? Join me next Sunday for the next episode in this chapter of Britain’s past, and, even sooner, contact our London Relocation agents to discuss your future!