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Image WarsKings and Commonwealths in England, 1603-1660$
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Kevin Sharpe

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300162004

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300162004.001.0001

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A Republican Brand?

A Republican Brand?

(p.427) Chapter 13 A Republican Brand?
Image Wars

Kevin Sharpe

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the different style and image of government after Charles I's execution. The execution of Charles I, and the abolition of monarchy, necessitated not only a new constitution and government but a different style and image, an entirely new form of visual representation. One of the Commonwealth's early acts was that passed on 4 July, 1649, for the sale of the goods and personal estates of the late King, Queen, and Prince. Many of the royal goods listed as sold were in fact passed to those to whom the government was in debt, in lieu of full monetary settlements. The proposal to portray a narrative of conflict that went back to 1640 chimed nicely with parliament's desire to underscore continuity and with its own prose catalogues of the providences, which had blessed its actions from the outset of the troubles.

Keywords:   Charles I, republican, image of government, monarchy, King

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