Cromwell and the execution of Charles I


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History Today
Vol. 9, no. 4 (April 1959), p. 243-251


Oliver Cromwell was at heart no republican; but he believed that God manifested His will through the triumphs or misfortunes that He awarded to those engaged in "great businesses"; and Charles's continued misjudgments revealed that, if the world were to be made safe for the "Godly", the King must be executed