Object of the Week: The death warrant of King Charles I

| 13 July 2016

Perhaps unsurprisingly, King Charles II was bent on revenge on the 29 signees of the death warrant which led to his father’s execution in 1649

A photo of a yellow and red death warrant for charles the 1st during the 17th century
© Public Domain
He signed an act of indemnity and oblivion to pardon the people who had supported parliament following his resumption of the monarchy after the collapse of the Commonwealth in 1660, but not everyone was protected.

A special court was set up in October 1660 to try the regicides and their associates. Books record the “justice” meted out to the fearful 29 during a two-week period.

One of them, Francis Hacker, was condemned to hang even though his role was limited to accompanying Charles I to the scaffold.

A photo of a 17th century brown coat
The buff coat of Francis Hacker, who was also tried and executed as the officer presiding over King Charles I's death© National Civil War Centre
His colleague and Commonwealth military figure, Thomas Harrison, died a more gruesome death the same morning: he was hanged, drawn and quartered.

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