Seduced by the Devil's Whore?If you have been watching Channel 4s costume Drama, the "Devil's Whore" based on the real events of the English Civil War and are interested in finding out more about the Levellers and the Diggers - what they believed in and what they did, then you will be interested in the London Socialist Historians one-day event:1649 and the Execution of King Charles
30 January 1649 is one of the key dates in the history of British democracy but it is commemorated nowhere in Britain. It was the day when King Charles 1st was beheaded and the Commonwealth of Oliver Cromwell, the foundation of modern Parliamentary democracy, came into effective being. It was a revolutionary moment and it brought onto the historical stage people, ideas and movements that went well beyond anything that Cromwell and the senior leadership of the New Model Army had in mind. Brian Manning in his seminal book on 1649 notes that this was a year when popular mobilisations did not happen. There was no popular uprising to mark the Commonwealth, and no popular protest at the execution of the King. There was however an Army revolt at Burford, also celebrating its anniversary this year, which was brutally put down by Cromwell. 1649 was also the year when Cromwell landed in Dublin to initiate brutal episodes in Ireland.
This conference will look at the liberties and democratic practices ushered in by 1649 and at those who wanted to take them further. 1649 and the execution of King CharlesSaturday 7 February 2009Venue: Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London.Programme9.30 – Registration (Wolfson Room)10.00-11.15 Welcome and Keynote addresses (Wolfson Room)Chair: Keith Flett, LSHGGeoffrey Robertson, author of The Tyrannicide BriefJohn Rees, author of A Rebel's Guide to Milton, forthcoming11.15-11.30 Coffee11.30-12.30 PANEL ONE: Cromwell's coalition and its critics (Wolfson Room)Chair: David Renton, LSHGMartyn Everett, 'The Agitators – between Rebellion and Reaction'Dr. Ariel Hessayon, Goldsmiths College, 'Early modern Communism: the Diggers and community of goods'11.30-12.30 PANEL TWO: 1649 in contemporary eyes (Pollard Room)Chair: Tobas Abse, LSHGClaudia Guli, University of Melbourne, 'Historical Precedent in Contemporary Justifications of the Trial of Charles I'Ángel Alloza, CSIC (Spain), '"An Outrageous Incident": the execution of Kings Charles seen from Abroad'12.30-1.30 Lunch1.30-2.30 PANEL THREE: The regicide, terror and Restoration (Pollard Room)Chair: David Renton, LSHG Jerome de Groot, University of Manchester, '"Original Villany": Foundational Terrorism'Alan Marshall, Bath Spa University, 'The Trials of Thomas Harrison, regicide'1.30-2.30 PANEL FOUR: The Republic and something more (Wolfson Room)Chair: Paul Burnham, LSHGAlejandro Doering De Rio, Queen's College Cambridge, 'James Harrington as a theorist of political of equality'Dr John Seed, Roehampton University, 'The politics of remembering: the execution of Charles I in C18th England'2.30-2.45 Coffee2.45-4.00 Closing Plenary (Wolfson Room)Chair: Keith FlettNorah Carlin, author of The Causes of the English Civil WarGeoff Kennedy, author of Diggers, Levellers and Agrarian Capitalism
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