The Tyrannicide Brief
The Story of the Man Who Sent Charles I to the Scaffold
By Geoffrey Robertson, Qc
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307386373, 429pp.)
Publication Date: October 9, 2007
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Geoffrey Robertson, a renowned human rights lawyer, provides a vivid new reading of the tumultuous Civil War years, exposing long-hidden truths: that the king was guilty, that his execution was necessary to establish the sovereignty of Parliament, that the regicide trials were rigged and their victims should be seen as national heroes. Cooke's trial of Charles I, the first trial of a head of state for waging war on his own people, became a forerunner of the trials of Augusto Pinochet, Slobodan Milosevic, and Saddam Hussein. "The Tyrannicide Brief" is a superb work of history that casts a revelatory light on some of the most important issues of our time.