Essay on Why Did Charles Lose the Civil War?

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Why did King Charles lose the civil war? In April 1642, the Civil war started in England. The civil war ended up by King Charles losing the war. And in my essay I am going to talk about many reasons why Charles lost the civil war. In 1642 most people thought that King Charles would win the civil war, as he had won the battle of Edge hill, but unfortunately King Charles did not take advantage of this opportunity and marched to London. King Charles didn’t know what to do when it came to big decisions, in my opinion I believe he was indecisive with a weak personality, which was one of the main reasons why King Charles lost the English civil war. One of the mistakes that Charles has done is that he left leaving London. Without having …show more content…
King Charles was also short of money and he was very desperate that he sent his wife Henrietta Maria to France, so she could sell the crown jewels and bring back money, but his wife was not successful, because no one actually was willing to buy the crown jewels, cause they were extremely expensive, even for wealthy people. Charles was short of money which means that he can no more buy food, equipment and other supplies and also could not pay his army. Parliament had better resources, because they controlled the capital of England, London and controlled south-east of England which was richer than the south-west and Wales. The King controlled mainly poorer parts of England compared to the south-east of England. Parliament had more soldiers than the Royalist’s when it came to the important battles, like at Naseby the Parliament had 14000 men, while the Royalist’s only had 7500 men and in the battle of Marston Moor the Parliament had 23000 men including the Scottish army that was fighting on the Parliament’s side and the Royalist’s had 18000. The navy was also on the Parliament’s side, which meant that King Charles can no more travel freely around Europe even if he wanted. After King Charles lost the English civil war the Parliament did not know what to do with him, some of them thought of sending him to France, so he would not have any power or authority, but some of them thought that even when king Charles was not in England people