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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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The Words and Silences of a King

The Words and Silences of a King

(p.144) Chapter 5 The Words and Silences of a King
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Kevin Sharpe

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the words and silences of kings in England. On the day of the regicide, Charles I's political testament, the Eikon Basilike, was published and went into 36 editions the same year. In 1651, the first collected works of the king, the Reliquiae sacrae Carolinae published not only the Eikon Basilike but Charles's papers and discussions about Presbyterianism with Alexander Henderson, and his papers regarding the Treaty of Newport. The selection of royal words chosen may have been, as most selections are, strategic and polemical. The works gathered dated from the onset of the king's troubles, which, it is implied, had no long-term causes, but rather followed from the Scots' invasion and the treasonable acts of a caucus of MPs after 1640. The official prayers, ordered to be used in all the churches of the realm, were almost always devised by bishops.

Keywords:   Charles I, regicide, Eikon Basilike, Reliquiae sacrae Carolinae, Presbyterianism, Alexander Henderson

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