A King Condemned The Trial and Execution of Charles I

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  • Copyright: 2011-06-07
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks

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The reign of Charles I, defined by religious conflict, a titanic power struggle with Parliament - 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 which produced something unprecedented in the history of England: the trial of an English king on a capital charge. There followed ten extraordinary weeks which finally drew to a dark end on 30 January 1649, when Charles was beheaded in Whitehall. In this acclaimed account C.V. Wedgwood recreates the dramatic events of the trial and Charles' final days, bringing vividly to life the main actors in this tragic and compelling story.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 3
Introductionp. 7
Prologuep. 9
The Grand Delinquent November - December 1648p. 14
Grandees, Presbyterians, and Levellers 1648p. 45
Right and Might Well Met December 15, 1648 - January 6, 1649p. 62
"The Great Business" January 6-20, 1649p. 93
The King on Trial January 20- 23, 1649p. 119
The King Condemned January 24-27, 1649p. 146
King Charles the Martyr January 28-30, 1649p. 166
Freedom, By God's Mercy Restored February 1649p. 194
Epilogue: The Regicidesp. 216
Bibliographical Notep. 227
Notes and Referencesp. 229
Indexp. 247
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