Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis



Thesis Type

College of Arts and Science Honors, Honors College

First Advisor

Steven Zdatny

Second Advisor

Mary Lou Kete

Third Advisor

Paul Deslandes & Charles Briggs


Charles I, Cromwell, Wars of Three Kingdoms, Regicides, England, New Model Army


This paper attempts to pin down the moment that the English regicides of 1649 decided to execute Charles I. It argues that the political situation between Dec 6th, 1648 and Jan 20th, 1649 grew more hostile to King Charles I, and as the King styled himself as a martyr and rebuked all previous attempts at settlement, the Parliamentarian faction slowly came to the collective realization that the king would never stop scheming to reclaim his throne. By the time that the trial had begun, his fate had already been decided.

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