Remembering—and Forgetting—Regicide: The Commemoration of the 30th of January, 1649–1660

  • Imogen Peck
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This chapter explores the struggle that occurred in Interregnum England over the commemoration of that most difficult of anniversaries: the date of Charles I's execution. While existing studies of the memory of the regicide have focused on the period after 1660, and particularly the annual day of fasting and humiliation, this chapter shows that debates over the appropriate commemoration of this occasion had a lengthy pedigree prior to the Restoration. It explores the ways in which the republican governments attempted to control the memory of Charles I’s death, the extent to which these representations were accepted, subverted, and resisted, and, in so doing, illuminates some of the challenges that the memory of regicide and Britain’s recent revolutions posed for the fledgling state more broadly.




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  • Imogen Peck
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  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryUK

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