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Was There an Alternative to the Personal Rule? Charles I, the Privy Council and the Parliament of 1629

RICHARD CUST
History
Vol. 90, No. 3 (299) (JULY 2005), pp. 330-352
Published by: Wiley
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24427882
Page Count: 23
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Was There an Alternative to the Personal Rule? Charles I, the Privy Council and the Parliament of 1629
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Abstract

This article demonstrates that in the months following the duke of Buckingham's assassination in August 1628 Charles I's 'patriot' privy councillors, apparently with the blessing of the king, put together a 'new deal' for co-operation between crown and people. This was based on settling grievances over Arminianism and tonnage and poundage, re-launching the war against Spain, and re-establishing a harmonious relationship with parliament. The scheme broke down when parliament met in January 1629 and radical elements in the House of Commons implemented their alternative strategy of punishing the king's 'evil counsellors'. Had it succeeded it could have provided the basis for an alternative to Charles I's Personal Rule.

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