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Charles I's killers in America : the lives & afterlives of Edward Whalley and William Goffe / Matthew Jenkinson.

Author/Creator:
Jenkinson, Matthew, 1982- author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019. , ©2019
Format/Description:
Book
xviii, 255 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Charles I, King of England, 1600-1649 -- Assassination.
Whalley, Edward, -1675?.
Goffe, William, 1605?-1679?.
Charles I, King of England, 1600-1649.
Goffe, William, 1605?-1679?
Whalley, Edward, -1675?
Civil War (Great Britain : 1642-1649)
Escapes -- New England -- History -- 17th century.
Regicides -- New England -- History -- 17th century.
Regicides in popular culture.
Great Britain -- History -- Civil War, 1642-1649.
New England -- Social life and customs -- To 1775.
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain.
Assassination.
Escapes.
Manners and customs.
Regicides.
Great Britain.
New England.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
When the British monarchy was restored in 1660, King Charles II was faced with the conundrum of what to with those who had been involved in the execution of his father eleven years earlier. Facing a grisly fate at the gallows, some of the men who had signed Charles I's death warrant fled to America. 'Charles I's Killers in America' traces the gripping story of two of these men - Edward Whalley and William Goffe - and their lives in America, from their welcome in New England until their deaths there. With fascinating insights into the governance of the American colonies in the seventeenth century, and how a network of colonists protected the regicides, Matthew Jenkinson overturns the enduring theory that Charles II unrelentingly sought revenge for the murder of his father. 'Charles I's Killers in America' also illuminates the regicides' afterlives, with conclusions that have far-reaching implications for our understanding of Anglo-American political and cultural relations. Novels, histories, poems, plays, paintings, and illustrations featuring the fugitives were created against the backdrop of America's revolutionary strides towards independence and its forging of a distinctive national identity. The history of the 'king-killers' was distorted and embellished as they were presented as folk heroes and early champions of liberty, protected by proto-revolutionaries fighting against English tyranny. Jenkinson rewrites this once-ubiquitous and misleading historical orthodoxy, to reveal a far more subtle and compelling picture of the regicides on the run.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 210-246) and index.
ISBN:
0198820739
9780198820734
OCLC:
1050134323
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