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3. Early Reign, 1625-29
About this Lecture
In this module, Diane discusses the early years of Charles' reign, a period which was marked by an increasing dependence on his wife, Henrietta Maria, who was a Roman Catholic. Charles' relationship with his wife worried Parliament; they were wary that the king, under his wife's influence, would take the Church of England closer to Catholicism and the influence of the Pope in Rome.
This course provides key historical context for John Milton's 'Paradise Lost', looking in particular at the figure of Charles I. The course is divided into nine parts. The first seven look at Charles' early years (1600-25), his early reign (1625-29), the period of Personal Rule (1629-40), his problems in Scotland (1639-40) and Ireland (1641), and the English Civil War (1642-51). The last two look at the impact of Charles' reign on Paradise Lost, as well as Milton's own politics in this period.
Diane Purkiss is a Professor at Keble College, Oxford. She has published two books on the English Civil War - 'The English Civil War: A People's History' (2006) and 'Literature, Gender, and Politics during the English Civil War' (2005).
Cite this Lecture
Purkiss, D. (2018, August 15). Milton and the English Civil War: Charles I - Early Reign, 1625-29 [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/milton-and-the-english-civil-war-charles-i/early-reign-1625-29
Purkiss, Diane. "Milton and the English Civil War: Charles I – Early Reign, 1625-29." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://massolit.io/courses/milton-and-the-english-civil-war-charles-i/early-reign-1625-29