A King Condemned: The Trial and Execution of Charles I

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The reign of Charles I, defined by religious conflict, a titanic power struggle with Parliament, and culminating in the English Civil Wars, the execution of the king, and the brief abolition of the monarchy, was one of the most turbulent in English history. Six years after the First Civil War began, and following Charles’ support for the failed Royalist uprising of the Second Civil War, an act of Parliament was passed that produced something unprecedented in the history of England: the trial of an English king on...

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Overview

The reign of Charles I, defined by religious conflict, a titanic power struggle with Parliament, and culminating in the English Civil Wars, the execution of the king, and the brief abolition of the monarchy, was one of the most turbulent in English history. Six years after the First Civil War began, and following Charles’ support for the failed Royalist uprising of the Second Civil War, an act of Parliament was passed that produced something unprecedented in the history of England: the trial of an English king on a capital charge. There followed ten extraordinary weeks that finally drew to a dark end on January 30, 1649, when Charles was beheaded in Whitehall. In this acclaimed account, C. V. Wedgwood recreates the dramatic events of the trial and Charles’s final days, to vividly bring to life the main actors in this tragic and compelling story

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"Her fascinating analysis of the arrangements for the trial brings out the mixed motives as well as the haste of those who organized it... This is one of the most successful of Miss Wedgwood’s many successful books." —Christopher Hill, The New Statesman

"Here is an exciting and moving story; a story which happens to be true. The trial and execution of Charles I contains all the elements of high tragedy." —The Guardian

"A very remarkable achievement, Ms. Wedgwood is to be congratulated." —Anthony Powell, Daily Telegraph

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848856882
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 438,344
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

C. V. Wedgwood (1910-1997) was a noted British historian and expert on the English Civil Wars, as well as a successful lecturer and broadcaster. Her biography William the Silent was awarded the 1944 James Tait Black Memorial Prize and her iconic The Thirty Years War remains in print over 70 years after first publication.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Clive Holmes 3

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Prologue 9

Chapter 2 The Grand Delinquent November - December 1648 14

Chapter 3 Grandees, Presbyterians, and Levellers 1648 45

Chapter 4 Right and Might Well Met December 15, 1648 - January 6, 1649 62

Chapter 5 "The Great Business" January 6-20, 1649 93

Chapter 6 The King on Trial January 20- 23, 1649 119

Chapter 7 The King Condemned January 24-27, 1649 146

Chapter 8 King Charles the Martyr January 28-30, 1649 166

Chapter 9 Freedom, By God's Mercy Restored February 1649 194

Chapter 10 Epilogue: The Regicides 216

Bibliographical Note 227

Notes and References 229

Index 247

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