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King Charles’s Head

Mr. Dick, Who Cannot Get King Charles I’s Head Out of His Writing

Mr. Dick in David Copperfield, Who Cannot Get King Charles I’s Head Out of His Writing

Today, I attended the European History Meetup Group at the Will and Ariel Durant Branch Library in Hollywood. The subject under discussion was “The King, the Parliament, and the Death of Absolute Monarchy in Great Britain.” We concentrated on the Seventeenth Century, particularly the arrest and trial of Charles I, the rule of Oliver Cromwell as Protector, and the Restoration.

It was for this meeting that I had read Christopher Hill’s great book, The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution. As usual, for these meetings I am usually more interested in cultural history than names, dates, and battles.

The group leader, Bronislaw Meyler, does an excellent job of introducing the subject and putting all the pieces together.