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    The Tyrannicide Brief: The Story of the Man Who Sent Charles I to the Scaffold (Hardback) By (author) MR Geoffrey Robertson

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    DescriptionCharles I waged civil wars that cost one in ten Englishmen their lives. But in 1649 Parliament was hard put to find a lawyer with the skill and daring to prosecute a King who claimed to be above the law: in the end the man they briefed was the radical lawyer John Cooke. His Puritan conscience, political vision, and love of civil liberties gave him the courage to bring the King’s trial to its dramatic conclusion: the English Republic. He would pay dearly for it: Charles I was beheaded, but eleven years later Cooke himself was arrested, tried, and brutally executed at the hands of Charles II. Geoffrey Robertson, an internationally renowned human rights lawyer, provides a vivid new reading of the tumultuous Civil War years, exposing long-hidden truths: that the King was guilty as charged, that his execution was necessary to establish the sovereignty of Parliament, that the regicide trials were rigged and their victims should be seen as national heroes. John Cooke sacrificed his own life to make tyranny a crime. His trial of Charles I, the first trial of a head of state for waging war on his own people, became a forerunner of the trials of Augusto Pinochet, Slobodan Milosevic, and Saddam Hussein. This is a superb work of history that casts a revelatory light on some of the most important issues of our time.


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    Title
    The Tyrannicide Brief
    Subtitle
    The Story of the Man Who Sent Charles I to the Scaffold
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) MR Geoffrey Robertson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 429
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 771 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400044511
    ISBN 10: 1400044510
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, BGHA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 14
    B&T Approval Code: A40303000
    BISAC V2.8: BIO020000
    B&T Approval Code: A15202021
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    DC21: 942.062
    DC22: 942.06/2
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: KD621.C66 R62 2005
    Publisher
    Pantheon Books
    Imprint name
    Pantheon Books
    Publication date
    05 September 2006