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Eleven Years Tyranny


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(1629–40).

After the tumultuous end to the 1629 session of Parliament (see Eliot, Sir John) Charles I broke with convention by ruling without Parliament for eleven years. Financial needs were met through prerogative levies, the most notorious of which was ship money, and the prerogative court of Star Chamber supervised the maintenance of order. This was hardly a tyranny, for Charles had no police force or army to compel obedience. Charles's own misjudgement in the Bishops' wars brought the ‘Eleven Years Tyranny’ to an end.

Subjects: British History.


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