THIS DATE IN ENGLISH CIVIL WAR HISTORY

January 30th, 1649 – King Charles the First was beheaded at Whitehall for his treacherous and criminal activity in embroiling the kingdom in a continuation of the Civil War (some historians classify it as a Second Civil War) following his earlier defeat. He was even plotting to have foreign armies from Continental Europe invade England to defeat the Parliamentary forces and restore him to the throne. (The aristocrats on the Continent were paranoid and outraged that England’s “rightful”  (Ha!) monarch had been defeated and sought to crush the Parliamentarians lest their own subjects get any ideas. It was similar to European paranoia about the French Revolution in the 1790’s)  Charles had repaid the lenient treatment he was shown after his first defeat by relaunching the Civil War as soon as he was able. Following this second defeat it was decided not to give him a chance to do it again and so he was tried and executed.

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  1. I think it is pretty cool that you have a great interest in the English Civil War (1642-1651). I have not done exhaustive research on the subject, but I have read bits and pieces about the English Civil War from the writings of John Milton, George Fox and some other Quakers.

    I really believe that the two most important centuries in world history were the first century after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (the rise of Christianity) and England in the 1600s (the English Civil War, the Glorious Revolution of 1688 (which influenced the American Bill of Rights), the rise of the King James Bible & the rise of the British Empire and later Anglo-American influence throughout the world).

    There are two definite streams in the earth today: those who were/are influenced by the English Civil War/American War of Independence and those who were/are influenced by the French Revolution (1789-1799)/Bolshevik Revolution (1917). The English Civil War/American War of Independence stream is for freedom the French Revolution/Bolshevik Revolution stream is for slavery.

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    “The civil war of the seventeenth century, in which Milton is a symbolic figure, has never been concluded. . . . Of no other poet is it so difficult to consider the poetry simply as poetry, without our theological and political dispositions, conscious and unconscious, inherited or acquired, making an unlawful entry.”

    –T.S. Eliot, Milton (1947)

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    “The Americans who protested against British encroachments on colonial liberties wanted to preserve their traditional rights. They were not revolutionaries seeking the radical restructuring of society… They used the word ‘innovation’ pejoratively… ‘no freeman should be subject to any tax to which he has not given his own consent’ [-John Adams]… From the American point of view, such taxation without consent was an intolerable novelty… They protested that their ancient chartered rights were being violated… The Americans defended their traditional rights. The French revolutionaries despised French traditions and sought to make everything anew: new governing structures, new provincial boundaries, a new ‘religion,’ a new calendar—and the guillotine awaited those who objected…

    “In a certain sense, there was no American Revolution at all. There was, instead, an American War for Independence in which Americans threw off British authority in order to retain their liberties and self-government. In the 1760s, the colonies had, for the most part, been left alone in their internal affairs… [The] colonists did not seek the total transformation of society that we associate with other revolutions, such as the Industrial Revolution, the French Revolution, or the Russian Revolution. They simply wished to go on enjoying self-rule when it came to their internal matters and living as they always had for so many decades before British encroachments began. The American ‘revolutionaries’ were conservative, in the very best sense of that word…”

    — The Politically Incorrect
    Guide To American History
    by Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Ph.D.

    from Chapter 2:
    “America’s Conservative Revolution”

    A History Lesson: Colonel Isaac Barre
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/a-history-lesson/

    • I agree, I’ve often been intrigued by the way the English Civil War seemed to influence our own Revolution. You have an interesting idea with that breakdown on how countries either went down one of two revolutionary paths.

      • There is probably another stream: the Muslim influence. Islam is a false religion or a demonic religion; Islam is definitely slavery. Islam is not communism, but communists like to ally themselves with Islam because they both have a common enemy: Judeao-Christianity (freedom).

      • I know what you mean. I consider Islam to be a fascist political system that masquerades as a religion.