Lead: In January 1649 Charles Stuart, King of England was executed. It was a long time in coming.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: England was no stranger to the violent overthrow of the ruling monarch. In the three centuries before Charles met his end, Richard II was forced to abdicate and then died at Pontefract, Henry VI was removed from the throne and killed along with his son, the young Edward V and his little brother were probably murdered in the Tower of London by agents of their Uncle, Richard III, who was himself was killed at the Battle of Market Bosworth in 1485. Charles' death was another matter entirely. He was executed after a judicial proceeding mandated by Parliament. With great reluctance and hesitation, Englishmen, acting at the behest of a legislative assembly, cut off the head of a ruling monarch and for four years attempted to govern themselves as a republic.

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