A Conversation for The Causes of the English Civil War

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Post 1

Sea Change

I am not understanding part of this.

If you are an Englishman, and a Scotsman rebels and marches over your land, does he then take this land or does it remain yours? Does he take all the goods from your land to aid his rebellion, or is he full of nicety? If he is Protestant, like you, does this rapine please you better? Was the King's 'ship tax' sufficiently high to seem like an equal theft?


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Post 2

HappyDude

"Was the King's 'ship tax' sufficiently high to seem like an equal theft?"

Nobody likes being taxed, people are taxed with there own consent (with tax being set by officials they have elected). The people objected to the imposition of ship tax when Charles expanded its scope without the consent of elected officials i.e. without the consent of the taxed.


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Post 3

Sea Change

If a rebel takes your land, did you consent to this tax?


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Post 4

HappyDude

there is an argument that such a thing would be theft not tax


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Post 5

Sea Change

Did the King's government promise to protect its subjects from theft? Did they not ask for help? Was the king unable to provide it?


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