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By Lisa Steffen

Explores the formation of the British country and nationwide identification from 1603-1820 by means of studying the definitions of sovereignty and allegiance offered in treason trials. The king's individual remained principal to nationwide id and the nation until eventually republican demanding situations pressured prosecutors in treason trials to innovate and redefine sovereign authority.

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Oliver Cromwell forcibly dissolved the Rump Parliament in 1653. The tattered remains of the Long Parliament had been the last link to legal and constitutional government. Cromwell knew this. ’123 In 1655 a jury arraigned Colonel Penruddock and 26 other Cavaliers (including Hugh Grove, Richard Reeves, Robert Duke, George Duke, Thomas Fitz-James, Francis Jones, Edward Davis, Thomas Poulton and Francis Bennet) for high treason on account of attempted rebellion. ’124 He specifically appealed to the Parliament Roll no.

The elite spectators sitting in the balconies had the best view of the scene below, where platforms had been erected in the east end of the Hall for the 80 jury members and a crimson-cushioned chair placed in the center for the Lord President, John Bradshaw. After Bradshaw had settled into his chair and adjusted his steel-lined hat, guards escorted Charles Stuart into the Hall through a side door. ’ 88 Charles never addressed the charge. He refused to dignify the illegitimate court with a response.

You are to answer the Charge of opposing the Supreme Authority now settled in the House of Commons, not newly erected, but reviv’d; for ’twas so in the Saxons and Romans Time. ’117 Even when faced with the charge of treason, however, Lilburne refused to submit. He expressed his disgust with the government and saw little by way of humanity or purity in the supposed ‘Supreme Authority’s’ application of the law against him. He challenged the judge by asking: Is it just to allow Council to plead for an Estate, and deny it to enable me to plead for my Life?

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