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The Image of a King Charles Is obsession with kingship played an important role in his political career motivating him to take liberties in spending and policy that he believed were granted to him by the title of king The period of the Personal Rule contributed to Charles already lofty image of himself little to no opposition existed among his councilmen who feared a loss of favor with the King Archbishop Laud supported the return of adornments to the Church despite the publics fear of popery Parliament had been dismissed no citizen could speak directly against the king fearing treason punishable by death Motivated by his image of kingship Charles spent money on aesthetic improvements to enhance his image dismissed Parliament supported Lauds changes to the Church and used highly unfavorable methods to raise money for the Crown Charless activities and policies angered his Parliament and his people creating tension between king and kingdom supporters and opponents a tension that would grow into serious conflict and eventually civil war Charles did everything to reinforce his image of kingship commissioning Van Dyck to paint commanding kingly portraits of him and dressing in pure white at his coronation to symbolize his rebirth as the ruler of the kingdom Charles was preoccupied with visual representation with the authority of images and images of authoritySharpe 181 He re-instituted the formalism and patronage of Court laying out rules of conduct and restricting access to his presence both of which created the Court as a place of ceremonial worship of the king In creating his image as king he thought he would encourage his citizens to revere and obey him The divine right of kings the belief that God Himself granted a king the rule of the kingdom formed the foundation of Charless idea of kingship In a heavily religious time when all major wars still raged for religious reasons the idea of divine right was strongly supported Bishop
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