King Charles Execution Speech

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King Charles’ execution speech is saturated with religious references, particularly regarding the divine will of God and belief in the afterlife. In prayer, King Charles beseeches God to “take those courses that are best for the good of the Kingdom and your own Salvations.” This reflects the religious landscape at the time as it was believed that it was God’s providence that sanctioned the regicide as well as the later declaration of England as a commonwealth and the moving away from a monarchic system. As a king, Charles would have been expected to uphold religious ideals, therefore his beliefs shown in his speech give insight into that aspect of the religious landscape; however, this information does not cover the religious beliefs of wider

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