Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 15 April 2021

Abstract and Keywords

The beheading of King Charles I was the most startling and symbolic act of the English revolution. This chapter considers how public discussion of the idea of regicide developed during the 1640s and how prominent opponents of the king’s execution unwittingly contributed to its ideological foundation. The pivotal role of the New Model Army in bringing Charles to the block is highlighted, but the chapter also engages with recent arguments that neither the army’s public demands nor even the trial itself need have led inexorably to his death, and that there was a vital multiple kingdoms context to the regicide. The chapter concludes by reviewing the structural impact of the abolition of the monarchy and raises the question of whether the process of civil war state-formation had created a non-regal state before the regicide.

Keywords: Charles I, execution, monarchy, New Model Army, regicide, state-formation, trial

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.