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Would we still have had the English Civil War if..?

We all love counterfactual history, from time to time. The National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition of paintings featuring James I’s first son, Henry Frederick (who died of TB in 1618), gives us an opportunity to reflect on what might have been if the succession had passed to him, rather than into the nerveless fingers of Charles I. If Henry had lived to middle age would we still have had a Civil War? Discuss.

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