Killers of the King
The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles IBook - 2014
Spencer profiles the Parliamentarians who tried, convicted, and executed Charles I after his Loyalist army was defeated in the English Civil War 1642-44. He recounts what happened to the major players who signed Charles I's death warrant or attended his trial, examining how their actions influenced 17th century England. Copious chapter notes and a bibliography are included. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
A unique chronicle of Stuart England--the dramatic stories and fascinating fates of the men who signed Charles I’s death warrant.
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.
Recounting a little-known corner of British history, Charles Spencer explores what happened when the Restoration arrived. From George Downing, the chief plotter, to Richard Ingoldsby, who claimed he was forced to sign his name by his cousin Oliver Cromwell, and from those who returned to the monarchist cause and betrayed their fellow regicides to those that fled the country in an attempt to escape their punishment, Spencer examines the long-lasting, far-reaching consequences not only for those who signed the warrant, but also for those who were present at the trial and for England itself.
A powerful tale of revenge from the dark heart of England's past, and a unique contribution to seventeenth-century history, Killers of the King tells the incredible story of the men who dared to assassinate a monarch.
A unique contribution to 17th-century British history examines the lives of the 59 men who signed Charles I's death warrant and the far-reaching consequences for them as well as for those who were present at the trial and for England itself.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2014