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Monday, March 27, 2017

Hello,  Just had to show this stamp because in 1625 Charles I became King of England, Scotland and Ireland on this day, 27th March.

He was the second son of King James VI of Scotland but he lived in England most of his life. Very interesting times especially his relationship with his parliament I seem to recall.  

His main claim to fame, so to speak, was the English Civil War. Reminding myself of my history by reading wikipedia: 

From 1642 he fought the armies of the English and Scottish parliaments and after his defeat in 1645, he surrendered to a Scottish force that eventually handed him over to the English Parliament.  He refused to accept his captors' demands for a constitutional monarchy and temporarily escaped captivity in November 1647.  He was re-imprisoned on the Isle of Wight and forged an alliance with Scotland, but by the end of 1648 Oliver Cromwell had control over England and Charles was tried, convicted, and executed for high treason in January 1649. The monarchy was abolished and a republic called the Commonwealth of England was declared but, as we may have learnt in our school history classes, the monarchy was restored to Charles's son, Charles II, in 1660.

Stamp collecting is more than just the stamps.

Enjoy your philately   Michael


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