Venue: Great Hall, Oundle School, Oundle PE8 4GH
Historian Charles Spencer presents his latest Sunday Times bestseller, and the second best-selling history book in 2014, Killers of the King. This book tells the shocking stories and fascinating fates of the men who signed Charles I’s death warrant. This is a powerful tale of revenge from the dark heart of our royal past.
January, 1649. After seven years of fighting in the bloodiest war in Britain’s history, Parliament had overpowered King Charles I and now faced a problem: what to do with a defeated king, a king who refused to surrender? Parliamentarians resolved to do the unthinkable, to disregard the Divine Right of Kings and hold Charles I to account for the appalling suffering and slaughter endured by his people. A tribunal of 135 men was hastily gathered in London and although Charles refused to acknowledge the power of his subjects to try him, the death sentence was unanimously passed.
When the dead king’s son, Charles II, was restored to the throne, he set about enacting a deadly wave of retribution against all those responsible for his father’s death. Some of the ‘regicides’ – the killers of the king – pleaded for mercy, while others stoically awaited their sentence. Many went into hiding in England, or fled to Europe or America. Those who were caught and condemned suffered agonising and degrading ends, while others saw out their days in hellish captivity.
Come and hear about this powerful tale of revenge from the dark heart of royal history and a fascinating insight into the dangers of political and religious allegiance in Stuart England. These are the shocking stories of the men who dared to kill a king.
‘Imagine The Odessa File re-written by Christopher Hill, and you will have some idea of the pleasure to be had in reading Killers of the King. The virtues of a thriller and of scholarship are potently combined.’
- Tom Holland
‘Very good … Dense and well-researched … Some of the stories are extraordinary … Spine-tingling detail.’
- The Times
Charles Spencer was educated at Eton College and obtained his degree in Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. He is the author of four books, including the Sunday Times bestseller Blenheim: The Battle for Europe (shortlisted for History Book of the Year, National Book Awards) and Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier.
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