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dc.contributor.authorWong, Meng Yan Matthias
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-26T08:59:42Z
dc.date.available2019-11-26T08:59:42Z
dc.date.issued2019-12-04
dc.date.submitted2019-06-10
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/299249
dc.description.abstractThis thesis focuses on the execution of King Charles I of England on 30 January 1648/9. It seeks to investigate and document the impact of the event on the English, specifically its effect on contemporary senses of time. Charles was a king put on trial and executed by members of his own Parliament. Organised by radical supporters of the Army who had taken over the government in a coup, his execution shook the nation to its core. The king was God’s lieutenant on earth, and he was the font of all law and justice. His execution sparked a wave of mourning and commemoration, as well as a sense of loss and psychic disorganization. His death left the country at a crossroads, unsure of how to proceed. What sort of time were they living in, and what did the future hold? Were there discernible shapes and patterns of time? Were these altered by an event as unprecedented as the regicide? I focus on three groups of writers: astrologers, history writers, and newsbook authors, performing a diachronic analysis of their publications to understand how their ideas of time and the future evolved in the tumultuous time of civil war and regicide. Through a close examination of sources like almanacs, newsbooks, and polemical histories, I conclude that the early moderns tried to normalise the disruptive regicide by embedding it within larger narratives of time. They downplayed the radical nature of the event in search of order, incorporating it within grand narratives of God’s providential plans on earth, of generational changes in society and politics, or of recurring cycles of rebellious behaviour. The regicide gave contemporaries an opportunity to create, clarify, and strengthen their grand narratives and schemes of time.
dc.description.sponsorshipResearch for this thesis was funded by an NUS Cambridge Scholarship by the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust and the National University of Singapore.
dc.language.isoen
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dc.subjecttemporality
dc.subjectregicide
dc.subjectCharles I
dc.subjectperiodicals
dc.subjectprint culture
dc.subjecttrauma
dc.subjectnewsbooks
dc.subjectalmanacs
dc.subjectastrologers
dc.subjecthistoriography
dc.subjectinstant histories
dc.subjectearly modern history
dc.subjectastrology
dc.subjecttime
dc.subjectfuture
dc.subjectprovidence
dc.titleThe impact of the regicide of Charles I on contemporary English notions of time and the future
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoral
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cambridge
dc.publisher.departmentHistory
dc.date.updated2019-11-25T22:05:06Z
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.46314
dc.contributor.orcidWong, Meng Yan Matthias [0000-0001-7574-5451]
dc.publisher.collegeWolfson College
dc.type.qualificationtitlePhD in History
cam.supervisorSmith, David L.
cam.thesis.fundingfalse


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