Divisive but powerful Charles I was the King of England, Ireland and Scotland.
Despite being Scottish and not even visiting England until the age of four Charles was recogised as King of England.
Believing that the Divine Right of Kings allowed him to do as he willed he so abused his subjects that his own Parliament rose against him.
Encouraged by his French Catholic wife he refused to compromise with his English subjects and the country was pushed towards civil war.
He responded by bringing his German nephews to England to make war on the English people.
Even after losing the first civil wars and being defeated and captured he refused to compromise with his people and planned secretly to bring a Catholic army from Ireland to attenpt to defeat the English. When this plan was discovered Parliament decided he could never be trusted.
Eventually he was executed for his crimes on a scaffold outside the Banqueting House at Whitehall on 30 January 1649.
Despite his many failings he was a brave King and was prepared to lead his armies in battle.
Sculpted by our very own Matt Bickley!
Released: 07 June 2010