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As the New Model Army debated the merits of constitutional democracy, King Charles was scheming to put himself back on the throne.
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After the Battle of Naseby ended the King's chances for military victory, he became the frustrating center of post-war negotiations.
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After years of muddling along, Parliament created a more professional army. They finally defeated King Charles at Nasbay in June 1645.
In late 1643, Parliament sealed a military alliance with the Scots. Their combined force defeated the Royalists at Marston Moor.
After negotiations with Parliament broke down, King Charles raised his standard in August, 1642. The opening campaigns of the First Civil War tilted in the Royalists favor.
A brief description of the soldiers who fought in the English Civil Wars.
The Long Parliament convened in November 1640. Tensions ran high as Parliamentary leaders tried to assert control over the State.
The Scots revolted after Charles tried to impose the Book of Common Prayer, forcing the King to recall Parliament.
In the 1630s, King Charles ruled without Parliament. His financial policies and religious innovations annoyed many of his subjects.