The English Civil War, which raged throughout the land in two periods between 1642 and 1651, was the last time the people of England were so divided on opinion that they had to revert to inflicting violence upon one another, but the current state of politics and government is slowly-but-surely bringing things to a head once more.
This time around, it's not Roundheads and Cavaliers, but the main problem, now as then, is the way the country is being governed. Events at Westminster this week, with the Prime Minister's Brexit deal being so overwhelmingly defeated in a vote, and a 'no confidence' vote in the government, the populace are becoming very nervous sitting in front of their TV screens, wondering whether Britain is still going to be part of the European Union or not.
Social media is ablaze, with supporters of both sides of the argument - those who want to leave the EU, and those who don't - flailing wildly with insults and threats. Everyone has an opinion, and they are going to ram it down each other's throats. The country is, once again, at a major crossroads, and virtually anything could happen - even serious civil disturbances, which could escalate into a major conflict:
Civil War is looking ever more likely.