Definition of Charles I from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Charles I

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(1600-49) king of England, Scotland and Ireland (1625-49). He often disagreed with Parliament, and in 1629 he stopped it meeting and tried to rule the country without it until 1640, when he needed Parliament to help raise money for a war against Scotland. The Long Parliament refused to help him, and this led to the English Civil War. Charles was arrested in 1647 and two years later he was killed by having his head cut off.