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This is the story of the English Civil War or the Great Rebellion, the events that led up to it, the people involved and the battles they fought.

Charles I was born in Dunfermline in 1600, the son of James I of England (James VI of Scotland). He would not have been King if his brother Henry had not died in 1612.

From the moment of his coronation in 1625 there was friction between himself and Parliament...finally leading to the Civil War between the Royalists (Cavaliers) and the Parliamentarians (Roundheads) under the leadership of Oliver Cromwell.


Charles I
August 1642. The accepted starting point of the English Civil War is August 22nd 1642 when Charles I unfurled his standard at Nottingham....

The following night the standard blew down ... an ill omen?
...but we need to understand the events in the years leading up to this.