Nineteen Propositions rejected by Charles I (119 words)

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The Nineteen Propositions were a series of proposals, drawn up by Parliament, and offered to Charles I at his new court in York as a solution to their conflicts. However, they have been seen as just as much an ultimatum as they were a real attempt at an amicable solution, since the chances of the King agreeing to such demands were slim. They envisaged a governmental set-up in which Parliament wielded the majority of executive power, with control over foreign policy, the raising of armies, and even the education of the royal children. It was not a huge surprise that Charles I rejected them outright, and in the wake of this failure of negotiation, preparations for armed conflict accelerated.

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  1. English Civil War