Saturday, 31 January 2009

The fall of a tyrant

Yesterday marked the 359th anniversary of a momentous event - the execution of the tyrant king Charles I of England, AKA 'that man of blood', who plunged his country into civil war not once but twice. Sadly, as Milton laments in 'Paradise Lost', the English Commonwealth was not to endure, and just as Caesar's removal by Brutus and Cassius did not save the Roman Republic, but merely paved the way for dictators far worse than Julius, the English were soon to back under the yoke of monarchy.

Nevertheless, let the execution stand witness that even the high and mighty get what's coming to them sometimes.

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