The Many Faces of Charles I: Interpretations of a King's Life, 1600-1649

18 November 2008 to 31 January 2009
Honnold/Mudd - Second Floor, Honnold

Charles I (1600-1649), King of England, Scotland, and Ireland, succeeded his father, James VI of Scotland (subsequently James I of England, 1566-1625) to the throne in 1625. By the 1640s, sorely discontented with Charles's rule, various members of the English Parliament embarked on a series of devastating religious wars against the King, involving forces fighting on both political and religious grounds. These wars led to the King's trial and eventually to the "unthinkable" - Charles's execution in 1649. Due to widespread chaos caused by the wars, official structures of press censorship broke down, producing an unprecedented flurry of authorship, publishing, and printing of pamphlets from all political, religious, and military points of view.

The Special Collections Library at Honnold/Mudd owns a significant number of these 17th century pamphlets, primary sources that are invaluable for scholarship and that form the highlight of this show. Using these pamphlets as documentary evidence, graduate students of Dr. Lori Anne Ferrell's course, Britain's Wars of Religion, 1642-1649, examine various aspects of Charles's life leading up to, and beyond, his execution. Categories considered are Charles as Exile, Charles as Traitor, Charles as Criminal, Charles as Absolute King, and finally, Charles as Saint.

The pamphlets on view are from Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library.

For more information, contact Special Collections at (909) 607-3977, or spcoll@libraries.claremont.edu.

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