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Why did people go to war in 1642?

Case study 2: 1640-42 - Source 2


Report of disputes between Charles and Parliament in early 1640

(Catalogue ref: SP 16/452/33)

The King did yesterday offer the house of commons to relinquish absolutely the shipping mony if they would att this tyme supplie him with 12 subsedies, this gave them not satisfaction, they desired to be also eased of the millitarie charge as they tearmed it which was from the presseing, coatering, and conducting of souldiers; inovations in religion thei likewise insisted much upom, other greevances they touched but these were the maine ones they complayned of, and had they beene well advised I am veryly persuaded they might in tyme have gained their desires, but they in a tumultuous and confused way went on with their businesses, which gave so greate offence unto his Majestie that this morning he hath desolved the parlament