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Learning Exercise: The Trial of Charles I

The Trial of Charles I
Charles I of England, Scotland, and Ireland was a strong believer in the Divine Right of Kings and came into conflict with an increasingly more powerful Parliament. This site explores the Trial that led to the execution of Charles I.
Course: Western Civilization


Submitted by:
William Paquette
Date Last Modified:
July 30, 2009


Instructions: CLICK "go to material." SCROLL to the bottom of the page. CLICK "Famous Trials." CLICK "Trial of Charles I 1631. CLICK and READ: The Official Website of the British Empire on Charles I, the Trial of King Charles I, Defining Moment for our Constitutional Law. Write a 5-6 page paper answering the following questions: 1. What as the background of Charles I?, 2. Why was he in conflict with Parliament? 3. What circumstances contributed to the English Civil War?, 4. How was Charles I captured?, 5. What were the charges against Charles I?, 6. Who were the accussers of the King?, 7. Who defended the King?, 8. What was the trial verdict?, 9. Was the trial fair?, 10. What was the fate of Charles I?, 11. How did the Trial of Charles I advance or set back the rights of the people?



  • College General Ed
  • College Lower Division
  • High School


England; Charles I; Puritans; English Civil War.



Learning Objectives

To acquaint students with the Trial of Charles I and whether or not he was fairly tried.

Type of Task

  • Individual
  • Student-centered
  • Supplemental Activity
  • Unsupervised



Technical Notes