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OU on the BBC: Civil War

Updated Tuesday 2nd September 2008

Tristram Hunt tells the not-too-distant story of how the King was toppled and a Commonwealth established - only for Monarchy to return.

The English Civil War was a profound political event in 17th century Europe. Scotland, England, Ireland, and Wales were ripped apart by religious and political unrest. But the conflict of the 1640s wasn't only a British phenomenon, it was part of a wider struggle for supremacy between Catholics and Protestants in Europe. Learn more in Civil War.

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