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A coffin for King Charles : the trial and execution of Charles I Paperback – 1966
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Wedgwood meticulously covers the events beginning with the collapse of treaty negotiations. The New Model Army took custody of the king and eventually brought him to London for trial. The Army had also taken control of Parliament by forcing out uncooperative members in Pride's Purge.
To say that the Parliament made a hash of the trial is an understatement. Wedgwood, however, at times argues a brief on behalf of the king that strains logic. Wedgwood essentially adopts Charles' argument that the trial of the king by the House of Commons (without the Lords) was unlawful. Indeed the circumstances were so novel - the people asserting the right to try and execute their ruler - that the Parliamentary judges were also flummoxed by Charles' denial of the jurisdiction of the court and his consequent refusal to enter a plea.Read more ›
At an impasse with the king over religious issues and his insistence on his Divine Right to rule without interference, Parliamentary factions determined that the only way to put an end to their warfare was to execute him. Wedgwood meticulously and impartially presented the evidence from both sides, writing an interesting and readable account from material that in itself could be rather dry. Her treatment of Charles's final week and of the aftermath of his death is compassionate but evenhanded. Surprisingly, the king's nemesis, Oliver Cromwell, did not play the most conspicuous role during this period. A Coffin for King Charles has deservedly become a classic on this remarkable period and its adamant antagonists.
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