Lesson #209: The Monarch in the House of Commons

Ever since Charles I’s issues with the perceived overabundance of power that parliament possessed (really, they just wouldn’t give him the money he wanted to fight the Spanish in the New World), leading him to storm the House of Commons with a few of his armed soldier buddies and try to arrest five people in 1642 and then launch a civil war in which he stormed off in a huff to the north and raised an army against parliament, which in turn led to his execution, the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has not been allowed into the House of Commons.

It’s a classic example of how one guy throws a temper tantrum and ruins it for everyone else.

More information on that here, here and here.

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