Essay on Why did King Charles I Resort to Personal Rule in 1629

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Why did King Charles I Resort to Personal Rule in 1629?

The Personal Rule came about when King Charles I dissolved parliament in 1629. It was symbolic of a time when the King felt that any joint governing of the country was impossible. Right from the start of Charles' reign, relations had been poor with Parliament. But the time leading up to the start of the Personal Rule, or the "Eleven Year Tyranny" as it is sometimes referred, marked a low point. So for what reasons did Charles embark on the Personal Rule, and whose fault was it? These issues will be discussed in the following paragraphs.

The broad overall reason for the collapse of relations between Parliament and the King is the conflict
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An obvious reason why Parliament could not work with the King was Charles' deep emotional problems. Although this is not the most important reason, it is nevertheless an important one that cannot be overlooked. Charles was a deeply insecure man. His insecurity had roots in his childhood, where he was seen as the runt of the litter, and very much outshone by his older brother Henry. Perhaps his hard-line approach of being unwilling to compromise or negotiate was because he lacked the emotional intelligence and confidence to reason with people effectively. In reality, this was probably a culmination of his strong belief in the Divine Right of Kings and his lack of confidence. In his history of the period, the Earl of Clarendon cited a major reason for Charles' personality problems at "not trusting himself enough".

The King's speeches to Parliament lacked conviction, largely due to a constant stutter that he had possessed since birth. At a time when mastery of oral communication was seen as a sign of prestige, this speech impediment affected him in many ways, and would have contributed to his lack of confidence. He was also of slight appearance, only five foot four, and therefore lacked the assertiveness to ensure he was
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