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“Charles the First was a king of England. He was what we call a ‘dickhead’ king.”

Charles I (1600 – 1649) was son of James I and the second king of Great Britain from The House of Stuart. Many who first saw him thought that he would be an improvement over his father.

How wrong they were.

His antagonism of Parliament & the Church of England and his mishandling of rebellions in Scotland and Ireland sparked the English Civil War which would end in his execution and the setting up of the Protectorate under Oliver Cromwell.

Charles was a man of good moral character but his autocratic attitude and lack of personal warmth made him a lot of enemies. He remains one of the most controversial and tragic figures in British history.

The states of North & South Carolina were named after him ('Charles' in Latin is Carolus). Maryland is named after his queen Henrietta Maria (the story that this was a sly reference to the Virgin Mary by the province's Catholic proprietors is generally considered untrue).


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