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Explore the different causes of the conflict between King and Parliament.

British Civil Wars > Causes

The causes of the British Civil Wars were extremely complex. Historians often talk about religious, political and economic causes. However, often the different causes were interconnected.

Timeline: Events leading to the Civil War

What were the causes of the Civil War?

In this short video, historian Professor Rachel Hammersley explains how the causes of the Civil War were linked.


Drag-and-drop: Causes of the Civil Wars

Test your knowledge and drag the statements into the correct columns.

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Source-based activities

All source-based activities are in a downloadable PDF format.

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Quiz: Off with his ears!

Can you make sure Prynne’s ears are cut off by answering the questions correctly?

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