The Barbary Corsairs, King Charles I and the Civil War

Matar, Nabil
September 2001
Seventeenth Century;Autumn2001, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p239
Academic Journal
The article examines the impact of the captivity of thousands of British seamen in North Africa on the course of events that led up to the Civil War (1625-1642). Since King Charles I did not sufficiently address the need to ransom the captives, anti-Royalist Parliamentarians joined forces with the relatives and women folk of those captives to challenge Ship Money and to show the inefficiency of the King's maritime policy. By the mid-1640s, Parliament had established the first governmental mechanism to levy taxes for the ransoming of captives and had taken the initiative, nationally and internationally, to show its central role in running the affairs of the Kingdom.


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