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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Eikon Basilike became an instant success and armed the Royalist camp with a new means to fight back against the rebels after they had lost a long and brutal civil war. Many copies are pocket-sized, which allowed them to be easily concealed by their owners.

Articles exhibited against the King, and the charge of the Army, against His Majesty; drawn up by the Generall Councell of Officers, for the speedy executing of impartiall justice upon his person; and the time, place, and manner of his tryall.

Publications Pages Publications Pages. And in their place to introduce an arbitrary and tiranicall government. Henry was a Royalist clergyman whose father was the keeper of the orchard at Whitehall, [21] and in his diary he described his visit to London at the end of during which he bore witness to the execution of Charles I.

Charles I and the Eikon Basilike – Cambridge University Library Special Collections

Copyright The Columbia University Press. After years of devastating conflict, Charles was captured by the Parliamentarian forces in and held captive so that he could face the rebels, led by Oliver Cromwell, at his trial known as the Black Tribunal. 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.

A notion, compounded by the success of Eikon Basilike, that sharply contrasted with what the rebels attempted to achieve by putting the king on the scaffold to begin with. This collection, largely the gift of F. Its portrait of Charles as a martyr invited comparison of the King to Jesus. After the Restoration, John Gauden claimed authorship of the book, and this claim is still a subject of scholarly controversy. Consequently the identification of printers with particular anonymous editions has often been achieved by comparing their decorative initials and type with those of known printers of the day.


The text was suppressed by Parliament, so it was illegal for printers to print it and for booksellers to sell it. Given the secrecy with which copies of the text had to be produced, establishing the order in which the various editions appeared and by whom they were printed is not an easy task.

It was ekkon on 9 Februaryten days after the King was beheaded by Parliament in the aftermath of the English Civil War in Eikon basilike or King’s Book was one of the most successful books ever published and established Charles I’s reputation as a martyr. Yale University Press, The coronation ceremony in which the monarch was anointed with holy oils was nothing more than a formality as, in theory, a king received elkon crown because God had chosen him from birth.

Even in death, it appeared that Charles I was still a force to be reckoned with. With a joyfull and satisfactory answer thereunto.

Written in simple, direct, and moving language, it ran into many editions and was translated into several languages. Bibliography Primary Sources Articles exhibited against the King, and the charge of the Army, against His Majesty; drawn up by the Generall Councell of Officers, for the speedy executing of impartiall justice upon his person; and the time, place, and manner of his tryall.

The Latin texts read:. Knachel ; bibliography by F. Milton went beyond attacking the readership of Eikon Basilike and the religious symbolism employed by the Royalists to fool the English people. And shine more bright In sad Affliction’s darksom night. Next Post Next Post. Through this book, the public was also able to see Charles, the person, rather than simply Charles, the king, and after the execution this seemingly private and personal image of the monarch in his most vulnerable moments played on the sympathies of many.

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Wherein the false colours are washed off, wherein the painter-steiner had bedawbed the truth, the late King and the Parliament, in his counterfeit piece entituled Eikon Basilike. It was exceedingly popular, going through 49 editions, to the extent that a reply by Parliament was thought necessary, and Eikonoklastes published in the same year. Perhaps the greatest impact was made by a woodcut as frontispiece showing Charles at his devotions.

That I may be destroyed, as with greater pomp and artifice so with less pity, it will be but a necessary policy to make my death appear as an act of justice done by subjects upon their sovereign; who know that no law of God or man invests them with any power of judicature without me, much less against me; and who, being sworn and bound by all that is sacred before God and man to endeavor my preservation, must pretend justice to cover their perjury.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Charles’s chief weakness, it says, was in yielding to Parliament’s demands for the head of the Earl of Strafford ; for this sinCharles paid with his throne and his life.

Eikon basilike : or, The king’s book

The pathos of this basiloke presentation made it a master stroke of Royalist propaganda. Several volumes in our collection once belonged to Charles Edward DobleAssistant Secretary to the Oxford University Press, and two contain the bookplate of Edward Almack himself.

Although the bsailike of the sacral monarch was waning by the seventeenth century, Cromwell and his supporters still had to legitimize their raising troops against the king as well as reasons for the trial itself.

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. If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.