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The Execution of Charles the First: 30th January, 1649

The axe was raised, it struck and Charles was beheaded. Charles died after being found guilty of a crime, which didn’t exist until Oliver Cromwell and his followers created it. They then appointed themselves as judge and jury adding a … Continue reading

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Why didn’t Oliver Cromwell Order the Assassination of Charles the First?

Political assassination is the murder of a significant figure by an organised conspiracy in pursuit of political ends.1 There were two English civil wars as well as Scottish and Irish rebellions in the 1640s. The second civil war, 1646-8, left … Continue reading

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The importance of the Act of Supremacy 1534

Introduction The Act of Supremacy ended English Roman Catholicism. England became Protestant when Henry VIII declared himself, supreme head on Earth of the Church of England. Crucially he embedded religious orthodoxy in the person of the monarch. England moved to … Continue reading

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Capital Punishment as Entertainment in England, 1649-1868

The King’s head was held up to the crowd. The spectators, some who had watched in approval and some in dismay, were quickly dispersed by officials, but a few sought grisly souvenirs of the event rushing forward to dip their … Continue reading

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