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The Murder of King James I$
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Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300214963

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300214963.001.0001

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Truth Brought to Light

Truth Brought to Light

The Secret History and the Defence of the English Republic, 1650–53

(p.464) Chapter Twenty-Two Truth Brought to Light
The Murder of King James I

Alastair Bellany

Thomas Cogswell

Yale University Press

This chapter examines publications in the early 1650s about James I's murder. Official newsbooks mined early Stuart scandals to ward off the threat of resurgent Royalism, while other publications opened Whitehall's ‘closets’ and ‘cabinets’ to expose the ‘mysteries of state and government’ to public scrutiny. Histories became a common genre and all were deeply partisan retellings of early Stuart history designed to speak to present concerns. Eglisham's secret history was transformed by revolutionaries into a providentialist account of the fall of the Stuart dynasty, an account that equated monarchy with tyranny and debauchery; justified resistance, regicide, and republican revolution; and helped sustain the military struggle to save that revolution from its monarchical enemies.

Keywords:   James I, murder, Royalism, secret history, George Eglisham, The Forerunner of Revenge, revolutionaries

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