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Charles I of England

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Charles I of England
The second son of James VI of Scotland and Anne of Denmark, Charles was born at Fife in Scotland on November 19, 1600. His father succeeded Queen Elizabeth I and came to the throne of England as King James I in 1603. Charles was created Duke of Albany at his baptism (December 1600) and Duke of York in 1605. He was placed in the care of Lord and Lady Fyvie until the age of four, and then moved to England where he was brought up in the household of Sir Robert and Lady Carey. As a child, Charles suffered from weak ankle, which slowed his physical development. He was also slow in learning to speak. He outgrew these defects, except for a slight stammer which he never overcame. His education was overseen by Thomas Murray, a Scottish Presbyterian who later became Provost of Eton. Charles was a serious student who excelled at languages, rhetoric and divinity.
Charles I inherited the throne in 1625. Much like his father, her ruled as an absolute monarch. Charles I also believed that he had a divine right to rule and that no one could take that away from him. He imprisoned his foes without trials and squeezed the nation for money. Although some people believed this was unfair, Charles believed it was for the best and no one could tell him otherwise or they would be executed.
On 11 May 1625, Charles was married by proxy to Henrietta Maria. Many members were opposed to the king marrying a Roman Catholic, fearing that Charles would lift restrictions on Roman Catholics and undermine the official establishment of Protestantism. At this time many people were questioning Charles true religious beliefs. Although he had already been executed, I believe that Charles would have supported the Protestant Reformation but at the same time he had religious tolerance towards Catholics.
Since Charles I was an absolute monarch I believe that he would not support the American Revolution. Charles had complete control over all citizens and would believe that the...

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