I have begun Civil War by Peter Ackroyd, and because I own it (courtesy of a book token I was given after my stroke) I am taking forever to read it. But I did wonder if the fate of the Stuarts would have been different if Prince Henry, James I's son, had lived. He was apparently the epitome of a prince, having martial skills and being charming and assertive, as opposed to Charles, descibed as 'shy, silent and reserved'. What do you think?
And I also wondered (it should be in a different category, I suppose) why England had become so strongly Protestant in such a short time. James got into trouble trying to balance the competing claims of his Protestant son-in-law and his potential marriage partner for his son, the Spanish infanta. The English public took against any suggestion of a Catholic alliance. Or was it just the Parliamentarians and the gentry? It wasn't so long, it seems to me, since the English were very supportive of Henry VIII's Queen Catherine of Aragon. Why were they, less than 100 years later, so anti the RC religion. Ackroyd says the RC/Protestant debate was the driving force in the political discourse of the times.