Regicide, it’s a sin

What better way to commemorate the 360th anniversary of the execution of Charles I than with the music of the Pet Shop Boys…

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1649 and the Execution of King Charles

I’ll be doing a little post on the above in a few days – in the meantime, the programme for the London Socialist Historians Group conference on the regicide is now up (see below). If anyone else has any interesting regicide related links, please post below.

1649 and the Execution of King Charles

30 January 1649 is the day when King Charles 1st was beheaded and the
Commonwealth of Oliver Cromwell, the foundation of modern
Parliamentary democracy, came into effective being. It was a
revolutionary moment and it brought onto the historical stage people,
ideas and movements that went well beyond anything that Cromwell and
the senior leadership of the New Model Army had in mind. Brian Manning
in his seminal book on 1649 notes that this was a year when popular
mobilisations did not happen. There was no popular uprising to mark
the Commonwealth, and no popular protest at the execution of the King.
There was however an Army revolt at Burford, also celebrating its
anniversary this year, which was brutally put down by Cromwell. 1649
was also the year when Cromwell landed in Dublin to initiate brutal
episodes in Ireland.

This conference will look at the liberties and democratic practices
ushered in by 1649 and at those who wanted to take them further.

1649 and the execution of King Charles

Saturday 7 February 2009
Venue: Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London.


9.30 – Registration (Wolfson Room)

10.00-11.15 Welcome and Keynote addresses (Wolfson Room)
Chair: Keith Flett, LSHG
Geoffrey Robertson, author of The Tyrannicide Brief
John Rees, author of A Rebel’s Guide to Milton, forthcoming

11.15-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.30 PANEL ONE: Cromwell’s coalition and its critics (Wolfson Room)
Chair: David Renton, LSHG
Martyn Everett, ‘The Agitators – between Rebellion and Reaction’
Dr. Ariel Hessayon, Goldsmiths College, ‘Early modern Communism: the
Diggers and community of goods’

11.30-12.30 PANEL TWO: 1649 in contemporary eyes (Pollard Room)
Chair: Tobas Abse, LSHG
Claudia Guli, University of Melbourne, ‘Historical Precedent in
Contemporary Justifications of the Trial of Charles I’
Ángel Alloza, CSIC (Spain), ‘”An Outrageous Incident”: the execution
of Kings Charles seen from Abroad’

12.30-1.30 Lunch

1.30-2.30 PANEL THREE: The regicide, terror and Restoration (Pollard Room)
Chair: David Renton, LSHG
Jerome de Groot, University of Manchester, ‘”Original Villany”:
Foundational Terrorism’
Alan Marshall, Bath Spa University, ‘The Trials of Thomas Harrison, regicide’

1.30-2.30 PANEL FOUR: The Republic and something more (Wolfson Room)
Chair: Paul Burnham, LSHG
Alejandro Doering De Rio, Queen’s College Cambridge, ‘James Harrington
as a theorist of political of equality’
Dr John Seed, Roehampton University, ‘The politics of remembering: the
execution of Charles I in C18th England’

2.30-2.45 Coffee

2.45-4.00 Closing Plenary (Wolfson Room)
Chair: Keith Flett
Norah Carlin, author of The Causes of the English Civil War
Geoff Kennedy, author of Diggers, Levellers and Agrarian Capitalism

£10 waged / £5 unwaged. Order from Keith Flett

History Today Blog and other things…

It’s been kindly brought to my attention that the History Today editor, Paul Lay, now has his own blog over here. In one of his first posts, he reviews two recent and forthcoming works on the civil war, John Adamson’s edited collection with Palgrave, and Blair Worden’s civil war narrative (out at the end of Jan.)

Worden’s book is obviously designed to chime in with the 360th anniversary of the regicide, also the subject of a conference organised by the London Socialist Historians Group. Perhaps another fitting anniverary for a mini blog carnival?

Britain’s Worst Monarch

Over here, the BBC have picked up on English Heritage’s competition to find Britain’s worst monarch. It’s gone down to a shortlist of three with Ed II, Mary QoS and George IV all vying for the top spot.

On the comment strand, it’s nice to see that belief in the ‘Norman Yoke’ is alive and well.

“William I. For his illegal invasion of England. For the introduction of feudalism. For the loss of freedoms under Norman oppression. For the introduction of the first national database – doomsday book. Loss of allodial title

A couple of votes for Charles I, though, personally, I would go for James II as most useless Stuart (dealt a much stronger hand at his accession -packed Parliament, standing army, stronger grip on Ireland and Scotland, relatively healthy royal finances – yet manages to chuck this all away in a mere three years.)