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December 25, 2019

The Trail of Charles 1

Filed under: Brexit, Dictatorship, History in the making, Johnson, Law, Westminster — derryvickers @ 8:27 pm

Charles I: Killing a King

A three-part series on BBC 4 on the Trial of Charles 1.

The Trial comes to a climax on the decision as to whether Charles 1 raised an army and a bloody civil war against the people of the UK (well mainly England) and against his oath on his Coronation to protect the people.

He is found guilty, as we know, by what were in effect a chosen selection of the Proletarians. Charles 1 had ignored the will of Parliament and had ultimately gone to War to prove that he was King by Divine Right and was therefore omnipotent.

Charles was ultimately defeated by Cromwell and Fairfax, captured and had to be put on trial – the series makes no attempt to show that the trial was a show trial; rather it makes the case that the King is Not Above the Law and as such it set the precedent for the numerous examples across the World since.  We shall see whether, as claimed by the lawyers interviewed, the Trail affected UK Parliamentary Democracy ever since.  A bold claim and one that looks dubious in the light of the recent UK Election where the Executive has assumed the mantle of the Devine Right of Kings .

As at 25th December the Series is still available on BBC4

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