Was Oliver Cromwell not concerned about the consequences in the afterlife for overthrowing and executing Charles First.?
I appreciate Charles was viewed as a tyrant etc but I would’ve thought tyrant or not it would take a very brave or daft person to overthrow a King, especially in god fearing times and times of the divine rule of King.
- Gray BoldLv 75 months agoBest answer
Charles Stuart, that man of blood was a phrase used by Independents, during the English Civil War to describe King Charles I. The phrase is derived from the Bible:
"And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial: The LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man." — King James Bible 2 Samuel 16:7,8. This and another verse were used to justify regicide: "So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it." — King James Bible Numbers 35:33. The Army leadership felt deeply betrayed by the King because they thought that while they had been negotiating in good faith he had duplicitously gone behind their backs in making The Engagement with the Scots and encouraging a new civil war. At the end of the meeting the Grandees of the Army accepted that it was their duty "to call Charles Stuart, that man of blood, to an account for that blood he had shed, and mischief he had done".
- TinaLv 75 months ago
Because he thought it was the right thing to do, of course.
- ?Lv 75 months ago
Cromwell believed that god was guiding his victories, and that the success he had was a sign from god that it was the right path for england
- PAMELALv 75 months ago
Cromwell thought he was right.
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- MercuryLv 75 months ago
Charles thought he had the divine right to rule , most people did not
- curtisports2Lv 75 months ago
You think Charles was the first ruler ever to be deposed and executed?
These were very fluid times when it came to religion, with one Protestant sect trying to advance itself to the disadvantage of others, and to the disadvantage of anything Roman Catholic, so the concept of the divine right of kings was something that was put forward by the monarchs themselves. Cromwell was deeply religious and while not seeing himself as a king, was convinced that God led his actions and favored them. So he would have had no concern at all about the consequences of what he was doing, only concern for the consequences of failure.
- Sir CausticLv 65 months ago
Yes, he was. But he knew God personally, you see, and God said it was OK. Hope this helped.