The Manuscript Journals of the Trial of Charles I: New Evidence on their Provenance and Purpose

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Historians of the trial of Charles I will be familiar with the two copies of the manuscript journals kept in the National Archives, Kew and the UK Parliamentary Archives. Besides these manuscripts, two further copies of the trial proceedings are held in the Beinecke Library, Yale and in the British Library. The article compares these versions to propose a tentative document history of the journals, suggesting that these manuscripts were produced for different purposes: what began as the basis for an authoritative public account of the trial later became a text intended for a more select legal audience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-322
JournalHistorical Research
Issue number264
Early online date26 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2021


  • Charles I
  • regicide
  • trial
  • civil war

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