January 4, 1649: The Rump Parliament Decides To Bring King Charles I of England to Trial.

European Royal History

Despite defeat in the First English Civil War, King Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland retained significant political power. This allowed him to create an alliance with Scots Covenanters and Parliamentarian moderates to restore him to the English throne. The result was the 1648 Second English Civil War, in which he was defeated once again.

Charles I in Three Positions by van Dyck, 1635–36

Treaty of Newport

In September 1648, at the end of the Second English Civil War, the Long Parliament was concerned with the increasing radicalism in the New Model Army. The Long Parliament began negotiations with King Charles I via the Treaty of Newport intended to bring an end to the hostilities of the English Civil War.

The members wanted to restore the king to power, but wanted to limit the authority he had. Charles I conceded militia power, among other things, but he later…

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