Charles’s predicament worsens. With the Queen implicated in the Irish rebellion, the King tries to buy off Pym by offering him the position of chancellor of the exchequer.

Historian Lisa Hilton discovers how, in just fifty tempestuous days, Charles I’s rule collapsed, laying the foundations for civil war, the loss of royal power and, ultimately, the King’s head.

Charles Spencer provides unique insights into this tumultuous time in British history, using portraits at Althorp House to contextualise events.