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The Second English Civil War
The Second English Civil War
1648 - 1651

The Battle of Dunbar
September 3, 1650
by Steve Beck

The nine tumultuous years of the English Civil War, actually three separate wars, resulted from a range of factors, economic, constitutional and religious, all inextricably interwoven. At a time when religious differences were more often debated with cannon balls than words, radical leaders with strong held beliefs thought nothing of deciding the issues in battle. Charles I, attempting to rule as an absolute monarch, quickly came into conflict with the English Parliament, suspicious of his "Popery" and desire for absolute rule. Likewise, the Scots resented his attempts at reforming their Presbyterian system of religion, formulating the "National Covenant" in 1638 to resist his efforts. The English Parliament and the Scots, therefore, combined to defeat Charles in the first of the English Civil Wars. An attempt by Charles to regain power was crushed by Parliamentarian forces at Preston in August 1648 and he was put on trial for treason.
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