Once James I came to the throne, he ruled the country for almost 60 years and then was succeeded by Charles 1 (a power-thirsty, greedy man who only cared for himself.) However, James was also very selfish and because of that, he got into wars with other countries whilst trying to encourage European peace! He never succeeded.
Dictatorship? I like the sound of that idea!
Charles 1 got so fed up because parliament they wouldn't pay him money. He decided to get rid of parliament for good so that he would have all the power and money he ever wanted. People hated the new arrangement and as if he wasn't unpopular enough, he lost his last remaining followers and left on his own.
I demand a change!
Can it get any worse?
I want to move!
The English civil war began and the country was in conflict for years. Many great, infamous battles took place during the civil war and it is estimated that over 620,000 people died. This war marked the summit between monarchy and parliament. Never has Britain been in more need of change.
I officially proclaim you King and Queen of England!
Eventually, after years of fighting, Charles was executed and Oliver Cromwell set up a dictatorship, ruling England with the help of the major-generals - he couldn't agree with the newly formed parliament so dismissed them. Oliver ruled England like a king but refused the offer to become an actual royal. It was virtually a military dictatorship.
Parliament brought back the monarchy and Charles II was crowned King. In his first years as king, he saw many tragedies. People weren't keen on him because of his attempts to introduce Catholicism and signing secret documents with France. Parliament was dissolved by yet another power-thirsty king who ruled as an absolute monarch until death.
After years of fighting and many rulers, James II was overthrown and succeeded by William III and his wife Mary II. Before they became monarchs, they signed the English Bill of rights which limited the power of the King and Queen. A successful period of history was about to be entered. This scroll marked the end of a long, hard battle.