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Aikins, Harold E.||Sailor, Danton B.

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Social Sciences


Charles I; King of England; 1600-1649; Great Britain--History--Charles I; 1625-1649


As a people with a reputation for stability, the English show some astonishing deviations. To be sure, this reputation is based, to a great extent, on the continuity of their institutions and a favorable comparison with the rest of the world. At times, indeed, the propensity for violence among the populace of a free island might seem even stronger than the Germanies, or even France. Riot, revolt, rebellion, revolution--England has known them all, from the insurrection of the Wessex yeomanry in 725 to the Chartist agitation in the new Industrial Age. Considering the comparative freedom of the land, one might think the chance of violence to be minimal: hence, its occasional occurrence is all the more striking. The strongest monarchs have wilted in the face of dissent from below. Of the last nine Plantagenets, five lost both thrones and their lives. Yet the word "regicide," in English history, has seldom been applied generally to the death of kings. Most frequently and specifically, it is used in one connection--in reference to a supreme moment when an English king was tried and condemned by an English tribunal, set up as the legal instrument of an English Parliament.


Includes bibliographical references.


59 pages




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