was published on the day of Charles’ burial when “sentiment for and against the King had reached a state of frenzy.” It was the. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Eikon Basilike, Or, The King’s Book. Edited by Edward Almack. London: A. Moring, Limited, At the De la More Press, text from an “advance copy” of the first.

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Transcribed into the back of this copy CCD. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription. After the RestorationJohn Gaudenbishop of Worcesterclaimed to have written it. The end result is eiikon image of a steadfast monarch who, while admitting his weaknesses, declares the truth of his religious principles and the purity of his political motives, while trusting in God despite adversity. The text was suppressed by Parliament, so it was illegal for printers to print it and for booksellers to sell it.

The War of Words: Eikon Basilike and the Martyrdom of Charles I

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Sign in to annotate. Butterworth, On the bitterly cold afternoon of 30 January[2] Charles I, King of England, was marched up to the scaffold erected in front of the Banqueting House at Whitehall to await execution before thousands of his subjects. Eikon basilike or King’s Book was one of the most successful books ever published and established Charles I’s reputation as a martyr.

In answer to a book intitled, Eikon Basilike, the portraiture of his Sacred Majesty in his solitudes and sufferings. The reason Eikon Basilike had such a profound impact on the propaganda war between the Royalists and the Republicans and the reason that writers such as John Milton had such difficulty with it was because it created a cult around the king that was in many ways bigger, greater and more surreal than the man himself.


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In bwsilike midst of this propaganda war, Milton was commissioned by a desperate Cromwell to pen a response to the book when all other efforts to combat its influence had failed. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. The name is also spelled Icon Basilike and Ikon Basilike.

Perhaps the goal of the Royalist camp in perpetuating the martyrdom of Charles was to discredit the actions of Puritan basiilike of the Commonwealth as the actions of religious fanatics.

It was published on 9 Februaryten days after the King was beheaded by Parliament in the aftermath of the Basiilike Civil War in In fact, this passage makes it abundantly clear that the author of Eikon Basilike believed that justice simply did not exist without the king, who had both spiritual and temporal powers as an extension of the might of God. Written in a simple, moving and straightforward style in the form of a diarythe book basiilke irenic prayers urging the forgiveness of Charles’s executioners with a justification of royalism and the King’s political and military programme that led to the Civil War.

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Charles I and the Eikon Basilike

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Its portrait of Charles as a martyr invited comparison of the King to Jesus.

According to Milton, they were irrefutable evidence that Eikon Basilike was not genuine work. I was wondering if the style of printing is known? Perhaps the greatest impact was made by a woodcut as frontispiece showing Charles at his devotions. See edition by P.

By executing him in such a manner for all to see, the public was meant to be reminded of all the injustices that he committed against his subjects. Modern Language Association http: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


The first edition is in three issues, and it is suggested that the first was an advance copy, the second was sold by hawkers and the third was the first to appear in the shops.

Previous Post Previous Post. The pathos of this dramatic presentation made it a master stroke of Royalist propaganda.

This climatic moment of the English Civil War would haunt the English people for centuries and give birth to a martyr cult surrounding the late king, where he would enjoy far more power and influence post-mortem than he ever did whilst he lived. Although the Commonwealth justified a public execution in terms of exacting basilik on a tyrant, this was a moment that was meant, in part, to help break down eijon fabric of nasilike kingship. With joie I take this Crown of thorn, Though sharp, yet easy to be born.

I would rather choose to wear a crown of thorns with my Saviour, than to exchange that of gold, which is due to me, for one of lead, whose embased flexibleness shall be forced to bend and comply to the various and oft contrary dictates of any factions, when instead of reason and public concernments they obtrude nothing but what makes for the interest of parties, and flows from the partialities of private wills and passions.

After training to be a barrister, then turning to medicine, he became an Egyptologist and left some iekon his rare books to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.