Charles I of England is beheaded at Whitehall in front of a huge crowd, after being tried for high treason and convicted after he refused to enter a plea. His son the Prince of Wales, in exile at The Hague, takes the title of Charles II.
Editors. "Execution of Charles I". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2010
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