Killers of the King : The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I



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Author: Spencer, Charles


Published on 21 May 2015 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 352 pages, 1 x 8pp colour plates
197 x 123 x 23 | 246g

Charles Spencer tells the shocking stories and fascinating fates of the men who signed Charles I's death warrant in this Sunday Times bestseller'Seamless, pacy and riveting ... exceptional' ALISON WEIR'The virtues of a thriller and of scholarship are potently combined' TOM HOLLAND'Outstanding: a thrilling tale of retribution and bloody sacrifice' JESSIE CHILDSJanuary, 1649. After seven years of fighting in the bloodiest war in Britain's history, Parliament 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. On an icy winter's day on a scaffold outside Whitehall, 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.

Bestselling historian Charles Spencer explores this violent clash of ideals through the individuals whose fates were determined by that one, momentous decision. A powerful tale of revenge from the dark heart of royal history and a fascinating insight into the dangers of political and religious allegiance in Stuart England, these are the shocking stories of the men who dared to kill a king.