By Rob Attar
Assessment: The existence And occasions Of The Stuarts specializes in a nation-defining interval of British heritage that's each piece as enchanting, dramatic and pivotal as that of Henry VIII and co. BBC historical past journal now turns its awareness from the tale Of The Tudors to the seismic adjustments that happened in the British Isles throughout the Stuart rule among 1603 and 1714.
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Micheál Ó Siochrú 33 Charles I / Britain’s civil wars 12. The storming of Drogheda 11 September 1649 When Cromwell’s massacre of Catholic and Protestant royalists sparked a period of unprecedented bloodletting in Ireland “righteous judgement of God against those barbarous wretches, who have imbrued their hands in so much innocent blood”, allegedly murdering thousands of Protestant settlers during the early months of the 1641 rebellion. None of Drogheda’s defenders, however, had taken part in the initial uprising.
He expressed the hope that the tactics adopted might discourage further resistance and “prevent the effusion of blood for the future”. Despite the self-congratulatory tone of the letter, Cromwell implicitly conceded that something terrible had happened at Drogheda and that without “the satisfactory grounds to such actions”, the scale of the slaughter could not “but work remorse and regret”. This sentence, largely ignored by historians, strongly suggests a man ill at ease with his conscience. As always, Cromwell found solace and comfort in his religious convictions, the 51 GETTY IMAGES/BRIDGEMAN IMAGES “Cromwell believed that God alone deserved all the glory for a victory obtained through justifiable means” Cromwell / God’s executioner unshakeable belief that he was doing God’s will.
Under unevenly enforced censorship laws, only foreign news reporting had been permitted, but now The Life And Times Of The Stuarts Bite him Peper! Civil War propaganda, a 17th-century woodcut 37 Charles I / History’s verdict Anthony van Dyck’s portrait of Charles I, who tried to take on a series of problems facing the nation “that needed to be addressed” HAS HISTORY BEEN HARD ON For all the king’s undoubted flaws, Tim Harris explains why we should recognise that the much-maligned monarch was handicapped by both his father’s failings and chronic bad luck 38 The Life And Times Of The Stuarts BRIDGEMAN IMAGES CHARLES I?
BBC History: The Life & Times Of The Stuarts by Rob Attar