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Gives proof that Oliver Cromwell was not a major player in the trial and execution of Charles I but was on the margins and not in control of any aspect of the process. The men in control are identified for the first time.
The setting up of the trial of the King is shown step by step, in greater detail than ever before.
The Parliamentary committees are vividly described, showing the infighting between the warring factions in Parliament, and exposing the tactics of the MPs who did not really want to defeat the King.
The New Model Army colonels sitting on the jury represented their regiments, of approximately 1000 men each. This was ‘more democratic’ than the MPs because Parliamentary constituencies often had less than ten voters.
The jury trying the King included eleven barristers and one judge, and had a sound legal basis and great legal expertise.
‘In a remarkable work of meticulous and ground-breaking scholarship, Robert Temple puts all future historians of the English Revolution hugely in his debt with his profoundly researched investigation into King Charles I’s regicides. With a commitment to detail reminiscent of Sir Lewis Namier’s pioneering work on the 1760 Parliament, Temple illustrates quite what a close-knit cousinage it was that executed Charles in 1649,
a cabal of largely Puritan gentry whose family connections were quite
as important as their religion or place in society. This is a tremendously important work historically, and the product of a truly extraordinary amount of hard work in the archives, for which historians will be grateful for decades to come.’
-Professor Andrew Roberts
|Dimensions||250 × 175 × 40 cm|