He was England’s last absolutist (2/6)

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Absolutism is the practice of believing in the absolute dictatorship of the monarchy, and its privilege and power to do as it wishes. While James’ reign survived this brutal policy with some issue, the reign of his successor, the infamous Charles I did not. Indeed, James’ own son was the king responsible for setting off the English Civil War, which abolished the English monarchy for ten years and abolished absolutism permanently.

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