Essay on The Trail And Eventual Execution Of King Charles I

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Besides, the law upon which you ground your proceedings must either be old or new. If old, show it; if new, tell what authority warranted by the fundamental laws of the land hath made it, and when. But how the House of Commons can erect a court of judicature, which was never one itself (as is well known to all lawyers) I leave to God and the world to judge. And it were full as strange that they should pretend to make laws without King or Lords’ House, to any that have heard speak of the laws of England.

And admitting (but not granting) that the people of England’s commission could grant your pretended power, I see nothing you can show for that, for certainly you never asked the question of the tenth man in the kingdom. And in this way you manifestly wrong even the poorest plowman if you demand not his free consent.

The trail and eventual execution of King Charles I in 1649 was fraught with strong emotions on both sides of the debate. On one side many commoners and supporters of the King were horrified at the idea the monarchy that had begun almost one thousand years ago was being abolished. On the other side Oliver Cromwell and his allies believed the King was to blame for the second English civil war and all of the horrors that occurred during that event. In the passage above, from a speech King Charles I attempted to make during his trial on January 22, 1649, Charles lays out his main argument against the House of Commons’ charge of treason. The speech was cut short—as…

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