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The last days of Charles I
Edwards, Graham.
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Publication Information:
Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton, 1999.
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xiv, 210 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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DA396.A22 E39 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Written to mark the 350th anniversary of the death of Charles I on January 27 1649, this book recounts in detail the events leading to the fateful day, from the King's tribulation in the months before the trial, though the trial itself to the gruesome course and aftermath of the execution. It considers the aims and motives of his powerful enemies, men who were as certain in their own convictions as the King was in his. It explores the mysterious identities of the heavily disguised headsman and his assistant. It questions why the king had to die at all, and outlines what later became of those who shared responsibility for the death.

Author Notes

Graham Edwards was a footsoldier for four years during and after the Second World War. He gained an MA in war studies at King's College, London, tutored by Michael Howard, and for many years was the Army's chief examiner for military history.

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King Charles I of England and Scotland hardly fits the mold of a heroic martyr. He was rigid, humorless, and lacked the vision to guide the inexorable tide of parliamentary reform. Yet, he faced imprisonment and execution with admirable dignity, and his comportment inspired royalist sympathizers as they waited out Cromwell's Commonwealth. To mark the 350th anniversary of Charles I's execution, Edwards has provided a compact yet thorough recounting of the Civil War and the events that led to Charles' doom. As the focus of this narrative, Charles often seems a hapless, clueless victim of forces he is incapable of understanding. This is a well-written and highly informative general account of a critical episode in British history. --Jay Freeman

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Acknowledgementsp. vi
Chronologyp. vii
Introductionp. xiii
Chapter 1 The Kingp. 1
Chapter 2 The King and the Conflictsp. 16
Chapter 3 The King and the Scotsp. 33
Chapter 4 The King and the Englishp. 46
Chapter 5 Conflicts Intensifyp. 65
Chapter 6 A Bleak Decemberp. 78
Chapter 7 The Coup d'Etatp. 92
Chapter 8 To Try the Kingp. 102
Chapter 9 The Commissioners Preparep. 121
Chapter 10 The Trial Beginsp. 129
Chapter 11 The Trial Continuesp. 143
Chapter 12 The Sentencep. 150
Chapter 13 The King's Last Dayp. 159
Chapter 14 The Executionp. 168
Chapter 15 After the Executionp. 184
Chapter 16 The Aftermathp. 190
Epiloguep. 195
Notesp. 198
Bibliography and Further Readingp. 205
Indexp. 207