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Unformatted text preview: Oliver Cromwell was arguably the most important figure in England during the turbulent era of the English Civil War, a conflict which began in 1642 and ended with the beheading of King Charles I in January of 1649. The beheading of Charles was the most sensational symbol of the seventeenth-century Parliamentary revolution in England. It punctuated a long-standing dispute between the Royalists, who supported the king, and the Parliamentarians, who championed the legislative body. At the center of the dispute were the issues of taxation and religion. Charles I primarily relied on the English Parliament to help him raise revenues to fight wars. Many members of parliament, however, thought they should have a more active role in government, and thought it should be mandatory for the king to consult them before raising taxes. Charles was also seen as being very friendly to Roman Catholics, which raising taxes....
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08
- Oliver Cromwell