Death of Charles I

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The King’s trial (on charges of high treason and “other high crimes") began on January 2, but Charles refused to enter a plea, claiming that no court had jurisdiction over a monarch. He believed that his own authority to rule had been given to him by God when he was crowned and anointed, and that the power wielded by those trying him was simply that which grew out of a barrel of gunpowder. The court, by contrast, proposed that no man is above the law.


Charlotte M. Yonge Young Folks' History of England (Boston: D. Lothrop & Co., 1879) 279


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