In January 1649, Parliamentarians finally lost patience with Charles I and reached the shocking conclusion that the king must be put to death. When, eleven years later, Charles II was awarded the throne, a deadly wave of retribution was set in motion against the sixty surviving men who had been intimately involved in his father's execution. Some "regicides" pleaded for mercy, while others accepted their fate with stoicism. Many went into hiding; those who were caught suffered agonizing deaths or ended their lives in hellish captivity.
In Killers of the King, Charles Spencer uncovers the powerful vengeance at the dark heart of royal history. A fascinating insight into the dangers of political and religious allegiance in Stuart England, this is the shocking story of the men who dared to kill a king.
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