A Coffin for King Charles Author:C.V. Wedgwood A Coffin for King Charles, the final act of C.V. Wedgwood's masterful account of the Great Rebellion, begins with Charles I a prisoner in the hands of his enemies. To all intents and purposes the English civil War is over. A small band of determined men, under the formidable Oliver Cromwell, has decided that the King must die. Monarchs have been... more » deposed or executed before, for reasons more plausible than just. But the men who plot to kill Charles I have the firm conviction that they are striking a blow against tyranny. The King, a lonely, dignified figure, is equally convinced that God has entrusted him wit sacred power.
Throughout the gloomym, cold winter of 1648, beginning with the March on London and the Purge of Parliament, the Army took over. Then, after weeks of delays and confusion, the King was accused of "high treason and high misdemeanors," and tried before a High Court of Justice. The trial itself is a particularly vivid section of the book, with the immediacy of an eyewitness report, and the author conveys with brilliant effect the mounting horror and passion, the inexorable progress mounting toward the tragic end.
In an Epilogue, the later fate of the Regicides is recounted, the the curtain is rung down on the dark drama.« less