Semester I. The module first considers Charles I’s upbringing and personality and then explores the political importance of these in the context of court politics and relations with parliament. It then investigates his religious beliefs and how these shaped the religious changes of his reign. After looking at the political ideas contained in Van Dyck’s paintings and Inigo Jones’ masque designs, we will move on to looking at Charles government of Ireland and Scotland. The course will then finish by considering in detail his political role in the years leading up to the outbreak of the English Civil war in 1642.