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The Office for King Charles the Martyr in the Book of Common Prayer, 1662–1685

  • ANDREW LACEY

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This article investigates the development of the use of texts and images in commemorating the regicide of Charles I , from private commemoration among Royalists during the Republic, to its official institution after the Restoration. The article will argue that the Office gave official sanction to an image of the virtuous suffering king which had been in existence even before his execution. The Office also presented a particular view of the king's moral character, the causes of the Civil War and the Restoration which was to become the accepted account expounded in commemorative sermons for the next 150 years. Drawing on Old Testament themes, the Office also aimed to point a political moral used by successive governments, namely that attacks on the established order incurred divine punishment.

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The Office for King Charles the Martyr in the Book of Common Prayer, 1662–1685

  • ANDREW LACEY

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