Date of Award

Spring 1976

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts




The "martyrdom" of Charles I has been a subject of controversy by historians, amateur and professional, since the moment the King;s head was severed on the block at Whitehall. The purpose of this paper is not to recount events repeated throughout a large array of books on the subject, but to examine a possible reason for the martyred reputation of Charles and to examine his personality.

Dates used in this paper reflect a need for uniformity, The English Calendar in 1648-1649 was still the Julian (or Old Style), which was ten days behind the rest of Europe. Also, although England celebrated New Years Day on January 1, the previous year was used in the dates of official papers until March 24. The dates herein included retain the days of the Julian Calendar, but feature a change of the year on January 1.

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