244 Following

SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Killers of the King

Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I - Charles Spencer

This is the story of what happened to the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, who were known as the Regicides.


About a quarter of them died between the time of that execution in 1649 and the restoration of Charles II in 1660.  Some died of natural causes, like Oliver Cromwell, while others were hunted down by royalists in hiding.


Charles II promised clemency for most - if they turned themselves in.  Ten men who did so were then convicted of treason by a rigged court process, hanged, drawn (had their genitals cut off while still alive), and quartered (cut into quarters).  George Downing (yes, the "Downing" of "Downing Street") betrayed three that he discovered in the Netherlands, who met the same fate - he wanted to get in the king's good graces.  (Pepys talks in his diary about Downing, little of it positive.)  Prominent dead regicides, like Oliver Cromwell, were disinterred to be beheaded.


The others, less trusting or just luckier, fled abroad.  The safest havens proved to be in Switzerland, and in Puritan New England.  I was particularly interested in that section - one of my ancestors hid two of the regicides, veteran generals of the New Model Army, in a cave on his property.  (These ancestors left Boston for the New Haven Colony, as they found the Massachusetts Bay Colony was insufficiently godly for them.  They were hardcore Puritans.)


This history is pretty much all "this is what happened," and very light indeed on analysis.  However, if you just want to know the story of what happened, both to Charles I and to his regicides, it's all here.


My ARC courtesy of Bloomsbury USA/NetGalley - much thanks!