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6. The Second Civil War and the Defeat of Charles I
About this Lecture
The Battle of Naseby led to the capture and imprisonment of Charles I. While in prison on the Isle of Wight, Charles organised a series of rebellions against Parliamentarian rule, all of which were unsuccessful. In an unprecedented move, it was decided that Charles I should be put on trial for declaring war on his own people, for which purpose the Rump Parliament was set up in late 1648. After a month-long trial in January of 1649, Charles was found guilty and executed on 30 January 1649.
This course provides key historical context for John Milton's 'Paradise Lost', looking in particular at the figure of Oliver Cromwell. The course is divided into eight parts. The first looks at Cromwell's invasion of Ireland (1649-53), before subsequent modules look at his early life, his life as a politician, and then a soldier. The fourth, fifth, and sixth modules look at the English Civil Wars, beginning with a general overview of what life (and death) was like in this period, before examining in more detail the First and Second Civil Wars, ending with the trial and execution of Charles I. In the final two modules, we explore the Interregnum and, finally, the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.
Diane Purkiss is a Professor at Keble College, Oxford. She has published two books on the English Civil War - 'The English Civil War: A People's History' (2006) and 'Literature, Gender, and Politics during the English Civil War' (2005).
Cite this Lecture
Purkiss, D. (2018, August 15). Milton and the English Civil War: Cromwell - The Second Civil War and the Defeat of Charles I [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/milton-and-the-english-civil-war-cromwell/the-second-civil-war-and-the-defeat-of-charles-i
Purkiss, D. "Milton and the English Civil War: Cromwell – The Second Civil War and the Defeat of Charles I." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/milton-and-the-english-civil-war-cromwell/the-second-civil-war-and-the-defeat-of-charles-i