Execution of Charles I
© Ernest Crofts

Execution of Charles I

English Civil War

Execution of Charles I
The Execution of Charles I, 1649 ©Ernest Crofts
1649 Jan 30

Execution of Charles I

Whitehall, London, UK

The execution of Charles I by beheading occurred on Tuesday 30 January 1649 outside the Banqueting House on Whitehall. The execution was the culmination of political and military conflicts between the royalists and the parliamentarians in England during the English Civil War, leading to the capture and trial of Charles I. On Saturday 27 January 1649, the parliamentarian High Court of Justice had declared Charles guilty of attempting to "uphold in himself an unlimited and tyrannical power to rule according to his will, and to overthrow the rights and liberties of the people" and he was sentenced to death.

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