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Why Was Charles I Executed? [Paperback]

Clive Holmes
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1 Jun 2007
The execution of Charles I in 1649, followed by the proclamation of a Commonwealth, was an extraordinary political event. It followed a bitter Civil War between parliament and the king, and their abject failure to negotiate a peace settlement. Why the king was defeated and executed has long been a central question in English history. The old answers, whether those of the historian S R Gardiner or of Lawrence Stone, no longer satisfy. Clive Holmes supplies clear answers to eight key questions about the period, ranging from why the king had to summon the Long Parliament to whether there was in fact an English Revolution at all.

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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Continnuum-3PL; New Ed edition (1 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847250246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847250247
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Holmes provides thorough, thoughtful, and learned answers to the questions he poses. He has researched widely and deeply. He is at his best when he brings his special expertise in local history to bear on larger questions...Throughout the book, Holmes effectively demonstrates that godly zeal and political radicalism might prevail for a day, but in the long run they were no match for the inertia of tradition and entrenched interests." Michael B. Young, The Historian, Vol. 70, No. 1--Sanford Lakoff

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Clive Holmes is a leading English Civil War Historian and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Some great analysis and conclusions 24 Aug 2014
By uncle barbar TOP 100 REVIEWER
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For those interested in the reasons why Charles I was executed - all of the factors leading up to his incarceration and then the reasons why Parliament went that extra step and felt the need to publicly execute their monarch is covered in thuis book.

Clive Holmes is a master at analysing these events without bias or hyperbole and covers a number of subjects along the way.. which are:
Why did Charles I call the Long Parliament?
How did the King gain support in Parliament?
How did the King get an army?
Why did Parliament Win the Civil War?
Why was the King executed?
Why was the Rump Parliament Dissolved?
Why was Cromwell Offered the Crown?
Was there an English Revolution?

Some of these questions are much more straight forward to answer than others - the last one in fact is almost impossible to answer. But Holmes answers them all in style (although perhaps not with conclusions that will be acceptable to all).

All in all some great analysis and conclusions - one of my favourite writers of Civil War non-fiction!
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Trouble Begins With The Misleading Title 8 Nov 2013
By Dave and Kaitlin Dorius - Published on Amazon.com
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This was required reading for my upper-division history course. Our assignment was to extract the author's thesis and discuss how that thesis is supported. Though the title of Clive Holmes’ book may, initially, lead you to believe that the book is centered on the understanding of the execution of Charles I, this is hardly the case. Rather, the book is a disjointed, multi-focused work that lacks an overall argument. Additionally, the book spends much time in relating the intricacies of many situations, i.e. the divisions in the armies following the defeat of the Royalists, but fails to give even scant background to other items mentioned (see page fifty-five’s isolated mention of the Five Members). By merely mentioning a person/place/item, the reader is not able to glean the significance that the author obviously believes is apparent. Though the author covered many topics, if an over-arching thesis could not be reached, perhaps the work should have been narrowed and subsequently expanded within those related topics to show the importance of these events in this to show that in this sequence these episodes together created a wholly unique outcome in history. Although another weakness of the book was the drawing-out of topics, where the author’s argument must be mined out from the last quarter of the chapter, the main failure of this book is its inability to present a cohesive argument. Though informative, the book should be regarded as a collection of articles relevant to the English Civil War, rather than a book detailing the controversy of Charles I’s beheading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars reader 30 Nov 2009
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I read this book for a report due for a college class. It was very factual and was written in plain english for someone who is slightly familier with the time period and the events that took place. Good reading for the college student or history buff. Not so good for the novice or high school student.
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