A Brief Defense of Charles I: Why the King’s Decapitation held no Legal Precedent

“But how the House of Commons can erect a court of judicature, which was never one itself, I leave to God and the world to judge.”

These written words were never able to be muttered because of the silencing of his defense early in his objections but even at the beginning of the trial, Charles repeatedly suggested that the House of Commons held no legal judicial authority. Because of this Charles refused to plead. In this regard, Charles was correct.

Colonel Sir Thomas Pride’s Purge Of The Members
The disposition of Edward II in 1327
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Bradley Gearhart

Bradley Gearhart


Triple major in history, philosophy, & European studies interested in intellectual history, historical anthropology, identity, culture, and existentialism.