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Saturday, January 21, 2006
History Wars

Over the last few years I have become aware of the phrase “History Wars” which seems to be a serious attempt by the Politically Correct brigade to reinterpret, and in some cases completely rewrite, history.

As we approach the 30th of January, the anniversary of the regicide of His Majesty King Charles I (1649), it seems a good time to look at one of the most shameful rewritings of history I have ever seen (up there with the holocaust deniers). Late last year Mr. Geoffrey Robertson QC released his book “The Tyrannicide Brief” the basic argument of which is to say that the illegal trial and execution of King Charles I was the first time the people put on trial a tyrant and then set about establishing a utopian new society under Oliver Cromwell.

When I first heard Mr. Robertson put forward his views in an interview on ABC Radio National I was shocked “could this educated man be serious, Cromwell was good man and did the right thing by the people and God?!” As any encyclopedia will inform you, Cromwell could not get his way with Parliament to put the King on trial so he excluded the House of Lords from the vote and when he was no more successful with the House of Commons he arranged for Colonel Pride to remove around 150 members of the house so that he then had the numbers to win the vote!

Add to this the fact that none of the existing high court judges agreed to preside over the court and you get the basic idea. I will not go in to too much detail as readers can seek out the finer details in any good book on the subject. Cromwell simply wanted the King dead at any cost.

The other thing Cromwell is remembered for is his hatred of Roman Catholics and the killing of many thousands of innocent people in Ireland.

So why does Mr. Robertson rewrite history? The answer might be one of the views he often puts forward in interviews and in his writings, that is that he is a republican. So instead of articulating a republic model he engages in twisting the truth to hoodwink the ignorant.

His Majesty King Charles I was the last person to be made a Saint by the Anglican Church due to the fact that Cromwell offered him his life if he would abandon episcopacy but he refused, for this would have taken the Church of England away from being part of 'the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church’ and made Her into a sect.

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