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Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I    by Charles Spencer order for
Killers of the King
by Charles Spencer
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Bloomsbury, 2014 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The tension due to political, social and religious differences between Charles I and the British Parliament ultimately resulted in a Civil War that began in 1642 with the clash of Royalist and Parliamentary armies. The bloody struggle ended with the Crown's diverse enemies victorious, but then the question became what was to be done with the defeated King who refused to surrender?

In an unprecedented move, a tribunal of 135 men gathered in London to try the monarch. Charles I was held accountable for the slaughter of his subjects in the war and unanimously sentenced to die on a scaffold outside of Whitehall.

When his son, Charles II, was eventually restored to the throne, he set about dealing with the men responsible for his father's execution. While some accepted the inevitable and awaited the retribution they knew was coming, others tried to hide or fled England.

In this book, Charles Spencer looks at the factors that caused the Civil War and Charles' subsequent execution as well as what happened to the men who dared to kill their king.

Featuring a highly readable narrative, Killers of the King is not only informative but also very entertaining. Anyone interested in British history will find this a captivating volume well worth reading.

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