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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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. Concordia University Libraries Montreal.

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These lavish ceremonies were a confirmation of kingship rather than the bestowing of kingship. 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 heavily allegorical frontispiece of the Eikon Basilike depicts the King as a Christian martyr.

The first edition is in three issues, and it is suggested that the first was an advance copy, the second was sold by hawkers and the third was the first to appear in the shops. The Library holds over fifty copies of the text, in various languages, most of which are gathered together at the classmark CCA-E. In he was imprisoned and refused to give in to the demands of his captors for a constitutional monarchy, and when Oliver Cromwell took control of the country inhis fate was sealed.

The War of Words: Eikon Basilike and the Martyrdom of Charles I

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Written in simple, direct, and moving language, it ran into many editions and was translated into several languages. The Eikon Basilike and its portrait of Charles’s execution as a martyrdom were so successful that, at the Restoration, a special commemoration of the King on 30 January was added to the Book of Common Prayerdirecting that the day badilike observed as an occasion for fasting and repentance.


This unbookish—indeed anti-bookish—book thus turned print against itself”. Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Sign in with your library card. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. What made these efforts even more futile was that many printers chose to publish their copies of Eikon Basilike anonymously so as not to attract the attention of the authorities. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Oxford University Press, If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

This collection, largely the gift of F. The bxsilike volumes shelved at CCA-E. The Eikon Basilike Greek: Madan, is a resource of immeasurable wealth for those interested in the Eikon. The Society of King Charles the Martyr was established in to work for the restoration of the King’s name to the Calendar and to encourage the veneration of the Royal Martyr.

Wherein the false colours are washed off, wherein the painter-steiner had bedawbed the truth, the late King and the Parliament, in eion counterfeit piece entituled Eikon Basilike. Sign in via your Institution. In answer to a book intitled, Eikon Basilike, the portraiture of his Sacred Majesty in his solitudes and sufferings. On the day of his execution, which was Tuesday, Jan. The reason Eikon Basilike had such a profound impact on the propaganda war between the Royalists and the Republicans and the reason that basilie 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.

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Perhaps the goal of the Royalist camp in perpetuating the eikob of Charles was to discredit the actions of Puritan government of the Commonwealth as the actions of religious fanatics.

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. I would rather choose to wear a crown of thorns with my Saviour, than to exchange that of gold, which is due to me, for one of lead, whose embased flexibleness shall be forced to bend and comply to the various and oft contrary dictates of any factions, when instead of reason and public concernments they obtrude nothing but what makes for the interest of parties, and flows from the partialities of private wills and passions.


Previous Post Previous Post. Copyright The Columbia University Press. Your picture is the only I can find on the internet and I would love more information on my oil painting. Gauden arranged for Richard Royston to print the book and after a series of delays, the first copies went into circulation around the time of the execution. In his hand, Charles holds a crown of thorns, a symbol which links him to the image of the Christ; the ultimate martyr.

I know no resolutions more worthy a Christian king, than to prefer his conscience before his kingdoms. Thank you for your comment. Cornell University Press, For the Royalists, an ideological victory was more plausible at this point in time than a military or political one seeing as they had lost the civil war.

A Very Short Introduction. The frontispiece was engraved by William Marshall. These fears were already taking shape when Richard Royston, a known Royalist printer who was imprisoned in for publishing slanderous material against Parliament, managed to get his hands on a copy of the manuscript and endeavoured to publish it before the execution date. After eight months, Eikonoklastes by John Milton was first printed on 6 October and it was twice the length of the book it was criticizing, the bulk of this work being the various pieces of evidence with which Milton used to discredit Eikon Basilike.

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