8. Charles I
Charles I ruled from 1625 to 1649, and is most famous for being beheaded.
The source of this untimely end was his defeat in the English Civil War – the culmination of a long running dispute with parliament about who had ultimate authority to rule.
Charles believed in the ‘divine right of Kings’, that the Kinbg was appointed by God to have the ultimate say over his or her kingdom.
Parliament disagreed and the Civil War between its folowers (Roundheads) and the King’s supporters (Cavaliers) was fought between 1642-1651.
It ended in Charles’ defeat at the Battle Of Worcester and his ultimate trial and execution.