Wednesday, January 30, 2008


This Day in the History of How the Mighty Have Fallen

On this day in 1649, the king of England, Charles I, having lost his throne in the first English Civil War and been found thereafter guilty of high treason, had his head chopped off, in one swift stroke, in London. England was without a monarch until the Restoration in 1660.
This German print to the left shows the deed was done with an ax rather than the sword usually reserved for nobility. They must have really hated Charles I, although it is more likely that the print is wrong as Cromwell allowed the king's head to be sewn back on for burial.

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