Generally referring to Charles I's rule without parliament between 1629 and 1640, although it can be extended to any considerable length of rule under prerogative and without recourse to parliament.
Fact of the Day
When Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins came to Lavenham, he forced a woman to confess to keeping imps in the form of blue kittens.
Quote of the Day
"And if I am to estimate the penalty justly, I say that maintenance in the Prytaneum is the just return. "
~ Plato reporting Socrates' suggestion for punishment
On This Day
1492 Columbus 'discovered' Cuba.
1647 The Putney Debates began on how Britain should be governed
1664 The Royal Marines was founded as the Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot, with a strength of 1200 infantry
1922 The Italian king gave power to Mussolini after 30,000 blackshirts gathered in Rome, thus establishing the first fascist government.