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Opinion: King Charles I was executed by his parliament. There’s a lesson there for Donald Trump

“When legislatures assert themselves to curb overweening executive power, whether now or in the 17th century, they can prevail” writes Leo Braudy for Under Charles I, Parliament exercised that authority by refusing to fund the king’s foreign policy as he wished, an act of defiance that provoked the king to dissolve Parliament and rule alone for 11 years.The charge against him, after nearly a decade of civil war, was treason for making war on his own people.

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