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In January 1649, King Charles I was tried and found guilty of high treason and condemned to be "put to death, by the severing of his Head from his Body." At ten in the morning on the day of his execution he was accompanied to the scaffold by a regiment on foot, "colours flying, drums beating." After having addressed the crowd in an uncharacteristically eloquent manner the King lifted his eyes and hands towards the sky, placed his head on the executioner's block and gave the sign that he wasdoi:10.21971/p7qw2j fatcat:45smymvtjfa3pk2qz7kgntxezy