Nineteen Propositions

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In the summer of 1642, Charles I withdrew from London and prepared for war. On 1 June, Parliament sent to him at York nineteen propositions, which demanded complete political and military control. The king's answer, drafted by Colepeper and Falkland, was a skilful exposition of the case for a balanced constitution. Though mainly a tactical manœuvre for the middle ground, the answer was not forgotten and was much discussed as the basis for some form of limited monarchy.

Subjects: British History.

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