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Short Parliament


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April–May 1640.

The first Bishops' War ended inconclusively because Charles I was not strong enough to fight the Scots. He summoned Parliament in 1640 in the expectation that it would provide the funds for him to do so. But the Commons were more concerned with grievances, in particular the growth of Arminianism and the crown's resort to prerogative taxation such as ship money. In the end, Charles lost patience and brought proceedings to an abrupt close.


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