Viewing Entry - Killers Of The King (E15849) by Spencer, Charles
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Killers Of The King : the Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I
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History Charles, King of England I, 1600-1649 -- Death and burial. Regicides -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century. Great Britain -- History -- Charles I, 1625-1649.
After seven years of fighting in the bloodiest war in Britain's history, Parliament had overpowered King Charles I and now faced a problem: what to do with a defeated king, a king who refused to surrender? Parliamentarians resolved to do the unthinkable, to disregard the Divine Right of Kings and hold Charles I to account for the appalling suffering and slaughter endured by his people. A tribunal of 135 men was hastily gathered in London, and although Charles refused to acknowledge the power of his subjects to try him, the death sentence was unanimously passed. On an icy winter's day on a scaffold outside Whitehall, in an event unique in English history, the King of England was executed. When the dead king's son, Charles II, was restored to the throne, he set about enacting a deadly wave of retribution against all those- the lawyers, the judges, the officers on the scaffold- responsible for his father's death.