English History for American Readers

English History for American Readers

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... own religious faith andforms. The Covenanters soon raised an army, seized Edinburgh Castle, and went to war with the king. The war, however, did not last long. Neither party really wished to fight, and a treaty was made at BerThe wick. Unfortunately the Scots had no congrgops, fidence in Charles. They kept their army War together, and applied to the French king for M39)' aid. Charles wished to renew the war, but he had no money; and at last, after eleven years of refusal, he made up his mind to call Parliament together once more. In doing this he acted under the 5,;. advice of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford. f'd' Men called this statesman "theapostat/e," because at one time he had seemed to be on the people's side. But his opposition to the court at the time of the Petition of Right had been merely because of his dislike to Buckingham, after whose death he fellinto his natural place as the chief defender of royalty against the rising spirit of liberty. He wished to preserve the king's power as it had existed under the later Tudors. While Weston and Laud had been at work for the king in England, Strafford had been doing the same in Ireland, where, under his favorite watchword, "-Thorough," he had oppressed the Irish most cruelly. He had advised the king against the treaty of Berwick, 1640. THE LONG PARLIAMENT. 165 and he now urged him to call a Parliament. That body met in April, 1640. It utterly refused to vote money until the popular grievances were re Th dressed. But the king refused thus to give up ihgjt all the principles at stake; and after a twenty-mili, ia. three days' session Parliament was dissolved. 064)' It is hence known as the Short Parliament. In one way or another...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236760689
  • 9781236760685