In this fifth Thread of History talk, Clare Jackson will revisit one of the most extraordinary watershed moments in British history: the public execution of King Charles I in 1649. While regicide was followed by the creation of a republican Commonwealth and Cromwellian Protectorates, the inhabitants of the British Isles saw their ‘worlds turned upside down’ during eleven tumultuous years, before the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.
Festival talks by Clare Jackson
In this first Thread of History lecture, Clare Jackson will discuss the reign of the double king, James VI of Scotland and I of England, Wales and Ireland. A time of literature and learning, as well as one of peace, James nonetheless ruled a disjointed British Isles that saw the beginnings of growing unrest and religious divisions. A little understood reign, it was a vital period in which the foundations of future strife were set.