Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I

Killers of the King The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I On August with no relief from the siege in sight the royalist garrison holding Colchester Castle surrendered and Oliver Cromwell s army firmly ended the rule of Charles I of England To send

  • Title: Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I
  • Author: Charles Spencer
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  • On August 18, 1648, with no relief from the siege in sight, the royalist garrison holding Colchester Castle surrendered and Oliver Cromwell s army firmly ended the rule of Charles I of England To send a clear message to the fallen monarch, the rebels executed four of the senior officers captured at the castle Yet still the king refused to accept he had lost the war As FOn August 18, 1648, with no relief from the siege in sight, the royalist garrison holding Colchester Castle surrendered and Oliver Cromwell s army firmly ended the rule of Charles I of England To send a clear message to the fallen monarch, the rebels executed four of the senior officers captured at the castle Yet still the king refused to accept he had lost the war As France and other allies mobilized in support of Charles, a tribunal was hastily gathered and a death sentence was passed On January 30, 1649, the King of England was executed This is the account of the fifty nine regicides, the men who signed Charles I s death warrant Recounting a little known corner of British history, Charles Spencer explores what happened when the Restoration arrived From George Downing, the chief plotter, to Richard Ingoldsby, who claimed he was forced to sign his name by his cousin Oliver Cromwell, and from those who returned to the monarchist cause and betrayed their fellow regicides to those that fled the country in an attempt to escape their punishment, Spencer examines the long lasting, far reaching consequences not only for those who signed the warrant, but also for those who were present at the trial, and for England itself A powerful tale of revenge from the dark heart of England s past, and a unique contribution to seventeenth century history, Killers of the King tells the incredible story of the men who dared to assassinate a monarch.

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    • Charles persisted with his heartening thought: “I go from a corruptible crown to an incorruptible crown; where no disturbance can be, no disturbance in the world”Thus spoke Charles I just moments before his execution; it’s almost like he recognised the limits of kingship, and that he wasn’t the perfect monarch. Perhaps he understood why people revolted against him, but he was still King: he was going to do things his way. His trial is reported meticulously here, for all his supposed crim [...]


    • On the chilled winter day of January 30th 1649, biting winds blowing off the frozen Thames would have easily sliced through the two shirts beneath his doublet, as Charles I ascended the scaffold erected at Whitehall to offer his final speech to whomever in the crowd could hear it and, to those who sealed his impending fate - his 'king-killers:' "I have forgiven all the world and even those in particular that have been the chief causes of my deathGod forgive them," evoking some say, purposefully, [...]


    • There truly were no worse crimes in England’s monarchial history than treason and/or the threat of regicide; especially when this is done in the name of the government and the people. Seventeenth-century England suffered from civil wars, the trial and execution of King Charles I, and the ‘rule’ under Oliver Cromwell as a result of these behaviors. Who were the men single-handedly responsible for this upheaval? What strategies did they take? Charles Spencer portraits the men and events in, [...]


    • A few months ago, I found out about this upcoming release from Charles Spencer. Naturally, given its subject matter, I was excited. I was jumping up and down when I received an advanced copy of “Killers of the King - the Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I”. I’ll be frank, this was the first history book I’ve read by Spencer, even though he has written several best-selling history books, many of which relate to the 17th-century, including a biography of Rupert of the Rhine.I found this bo [...]


    • Charles Spencer (brother of the late Lady Diana Spencer) crafts an historical, almost detective in places, tale about how Charles II sought out, hunted down and killed the remaining regicides who were responsible for the execution of his Father - Charles 1st, during the English Civil War of the 1640's. An impressive book in the sense of the amount of work needed to uncover the fates of the remaining regicides eleven years after Charles 1st was beheaded in 1649, after the Restoration and ascensio [...]


    • Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley. To change any portrait of Charles I of England to a saint’s image, simply add a halo. From the removal of centuries it is impossible for anyone in know to separate that portrait from the tragic ending. Charles I always seems about to weep or shake his head in disappointment whereas any portrait of his eldest son, Charles II, always seems about to knock some women over and tup her. Killers of the King isn’t about Charles I or II, though both men hover over the n [...]


    • Excuse me while I gush I LOVED this book. It touched me on a personal and visceral level that I’m sure only a handful of readers will ever experience. And please excuse this review if it seems more like a blog than a book review. Many years ago when the earth was young, I received my undergraduate degree in 17th Century British Literature from Washington College, in Chestertown, Maryland. I studied under Dr. Nancy Tatum, a brilliant mind since lost to time and Alzheimer’s. A new edition of S [...]


    • I was pre-disposed to love this book as it covers the era I studied in university, this is a beautifully written account of, what is, a dramatic and complex period, meticulously researched with some superb and well-chosen quotes from the various sources. The Civil War, Commonwealth and Restoration eras are complex, and the various factions still polarise opinion today (Cromwell is still loathed and detested by many in Ireland) but Spencer manages to make even this most complicated of periods, an [...]



    • Not quite as interesting as I'd hoped, this book delivers on its promise, but little more. Essentially I learned everything about the lives of the men who lopped off the king's head and how they were tricked or captured. This is less interesting than I'd hoped for as the men basically went into hiding, then got caught. Each chapter detailed rather similar ends for all the men.The highlight of the book occurred early on. Charles I was fearful that his execution would be as inept as Mary Queen of [...]


    • I found this book quite interesting. Some history books can be quite dry and boring when trying to just give straight facts. This book gives the story of Charles I and really more his executioners without just straight dates and places. It tells it in a fashion that makes you more interested in the story than many history books I have read. Top job done by Charles Spencer. I will have to look for another of his books.**I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a revie [...]


    • If you just want the story of what happened to Charles I, and especially to the men who signed his death warrant, it's all heresannagoklikes/post/11My ARC courtesy of Bloomsbury USA/NetGalley - much thanks!


    • If you read this book you will become very familiar with the word regicide. For this is the tale of how Charles I, through his blundering and his role in three civil wars, would literally lose his head to Cromwell and henchmen of his ilk. But the monarchy would eventually be restored and Charles II, in a determined and disciplined way, went after those regicides, both far an near, with every intention of treating them as they had treated his father--and worse.I enjoyed this book on several level [...]


    • A solid examination of the fates of the regicides of the English Civil War, although the second half is far stronger than the first half. While the second half races along following some interesting stories, the first half doesn't seem to know how broad or how deep to delve into the details surrounding the civil war. The end result is a feeling that there is both too much information and too littlea feeling that doesn't smooth out until it reaches the Restoration.


    • King Charles I of England has become a tyrant; but this is not the same England that tolerated such mistreatment or such financial extravagance that would pauperize the government coffers. This is the story of how Parliament plans and carries out demise of Charles I. What is fascinating about the pre-trial and trial is that Spencer presents a King who seems innocent (Not!) while Parliament is portrayed as those who willingly or through coercion participate in the accusations of the King who dare [...]


    • I should begin by saying that I come to bury Charles I, not to praise him. I think it would be rather difficult to portray the executed King as some sort of enlightened monarch whose reign was just a bowl of cherries in jolly old England. It seems pretty evident that he abused his position and continued to be oblivious to the increasing danger the Parliamentarian forces posed to his rule. In addition, the barbaric cruelty with which Charles I's executioners were treated during the English Restor [...]


    • The book begins with a dry and hard to follow narrative. Once the fates of the "Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I" are finally told, the book is better organized and more interesting.The first part is on capture trial and execution of Charles I. Unfortunately, there is little context since the reasons for the Civil War are not given. On p. 127 the narrative abruptly switches to the aftermath of Charles I's execution. You don't really know if Charles II is even involved in justice/retribution un [...]


    • Definitely more readable than a dry history textbook, but the footnotes and aim at historical accuracy take away from the smooth reading experience of a historical novel. If you're interested in the period, this is a very accessible book. But the nature of the topic does reduce it to count-down list, x regicides dead, y to go. Midway it gets a bit tedious; regicide 24/59 has his genitals chopped of and disembowled, next, regicide 25/59 has his genitals chopped and is disembowled, regicide 26/59. [...]




    • A fascinating look at deeply troubled times and the often remarkable, sometimes colorful, but always fervent men who dared to kill a King.


    • This book tells the story of the Restoration through the filter of what happened to the personalities behind the regicide. Nicely done.


    • See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary FlitsI had this audiobook awaiting listening for several years before I actually steeled myself to get all the way through it. The problem for me is that Spencer initially rushes through a great long list of names and battles, most of which were unknown to me, in order to give an overview of the lead-up to the execution of Charles I, the act itself and the following Commonwealth Republic years until the demise of Oliver Cromwell. I struggled to ki [...]


    • Quite an interesting book. A story about the regicides responsible for the execution of Charles I of England and about his son, Charles II hunting down those responsible.No doubt Charles I had defects. Those who rebelled against him were pre-French Revolution radical egaliatarianists. They accepted no authority other than their own. Once they killed the King and defeated the royalists then they became the authority. How convenient.When one rejects the concept of legitimate authority be prepared [...]


    • I did't know much at all about the English Civil Wars period of the 17th century (1600s), the period in which this book takes place. It started out rather slow and a bit hard to follow, given my ignorance of the times & people, but it picked up pace for me following Charles I's public execution and then, after the restoration of his son, Charles II, the hunt & often grisly demise of the "regicides," those responsible for the execution of Charles I. A vivid reminder that people down throu [...]


    • I was first attracted to this book based on the subject matter. It has been in my stack of to-reads for quite a while. It became even more intriguing to me after working through my wife's genealogy and learning that she is a direct descendant of Oliver Cromwell, one of the key players in the overthrow and execution of King Charles. That fact really made the story come to life for me, as well as Spencer's excellent narrative and pace of the book. Of course, the parts of the story that covered Cro [...]


    • This book felt to me as it started halfway into the story. Though we see the end of the Regicides, their beginning and original motivations are very much in the dark, and I think that the author's goal in this book is therefore not wholly served.


    • The author did a great job researching the topic and spent a lot of time explaining everything that happened. It was a little tedious, but well done.


    • I very personal history of the murder of Charles I. I very much enjoyed this book and the passion Charles Spencer obviously has for the subject.


    • Killers of the King addresses the aftermath of the execution of Charles I of England in 1649. The book opens first to a succinct overview of the First and Second English Civil Wars and Charles I’s trial and execution. The next distinct section follows Charles I’s parliamentary rule successor, the Commonwealth of England; Third English Civil War; and the rise of Oliver Cromwell. Both of these segments set the tone for what follows, as upon the restoration of the crown, Charles II enacted reve [...]


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