Charles I’s Executioners

Charles I’s Executioners written by James Hobson and published by Pen and Sword Books – £19.99 – Hardback – Pages 224.

An event is history that stands out against many of the time, on a scaffold in Whitehall Charles I, King of England was executed held to account and the divine right of kings was disregarded. The killers of the king were Puritans, lawyers, soldiers, republicans and some even opportunists. When his son Charles II was restored to the throne he enacted a deadly wave of retribution against these men. This is their shocking story and looks at the ideals of what united them and the decision that unmade them.

What then comes across in the book which looks at a small group of men in each chapter of different profession is that these men decided up on this through being influenced by many factors such as religion, laws, politics, money and advancement. What is interesting to read is how most these 59 men either lost money, died or some even fled the country. I would say that this is good book and a very interesting read, certainly worthwhile for someone interested in the subject or the Charles I. The book seems to be very well researched by the author and I think this is echoed by the list of sources mentioned at the back of the book.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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