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date: 20 June 2019

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This article discusses the composition, revision, printing, and impact of the book, Eikon Basilike: The Portraicture of his Sacred Majestie in his Solitudes and Sufferings, which was released following the execution of Charles I on 30 January 1649. The book, also known as ‘the King's book’, became widely popular and had some seventy-five editions by 1896. The book achieved the ‘explicit aim’ — ‘to place the living image of the dead king in the hearts of all his “loyall Subjects”, and convert them to the Stuart cause’.

Keywords: Charles I, execution, king's book, martyr, dead king, loyal subjects, Stuart cause

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