Killers of the King

Killers of the King

The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I

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On August 18, 1648, with no relief from the siege in sight, the royalist garrison holding Colchester Castle surrendered and Oliver Cromwell's army firmly ended the rule of Charles I of England. To send a clear message to the fallen monarch, the rebels executed four of the senior officers captured at the castle. Yet still, the king refused to accept he had lost the war. As France and other allies mobilized in support of Charles, a tribunal was hastily gathered and a death sentence was passed. On January 30, 1649, the King of England was executed. This is the account of the fifty-nine regicides, the men who signed Charles I's death warrant.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury Press,, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781620409121
1620409127
Branch Call Number: 941.062 C38s 2014
Characteristics: 339 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

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BDPWilliamson
May 09, 2016

And did Charles II give the "proctors" a fair trial?

Did any English monarch ever give a victim a fair trial?

Right up to last 200y or so, English monarchs were just like murderous warlords.

(and I am not quoting from Donald Trump!)

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rpavlacic
Jan 26, 2016

From the brother of Princess Diana comes this gruesome tale of what happened when the men who signed Charles I's death warrant - all 59 of them - had the tables turned on them when the British monarchy was restored after an 11 year experiment with a republic form of government. Most were hanged, drawn and quartered, others had their fortunes forfeited, while the rest were forced to flee to places as far as Switzerland and even colonial America. Charles Spencer pulls together one of the most fascinating and untold stories of the Middle Ages and presents it in a form that can be absorbed by the masses. One thing for certain is that the doomed king never got the benefit of a fair trial - the "jury" was more a posse of proctors who weren't interested in Charles' protestations of innocence or executive immunity.

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