In old England, during the English Civil Wars (1642–51), there was a man called Oliver Cromwell. Oliver Cromwell has the most powerful Member of Parliament right a provincial MP. Cornwell was therefore one of the 59 regicides who signed the death warrant of Charles I in 1649, leading to his execution.
It is quite known that the execution of a king for treason is pretty. However, Cromwell eventually became the Lord Protector in 1653, making his the only English Head of State to have been a commoner, not a monarch. But he suddenly died in 1658 and was later buried in Westminster Abbey with great fanfare. After a brief of political manoeuvering, Charles I’s son resumed the Crown.
Due to his father's death, Charles II decided to avenge the late King death, to those who signed his father’s death warrant.
In his Revenge mission, Twelve of the 59 were hung, drawn and quartered. Cromwell who had died before - along with Henry Ireton and John Bradshaw, who had also died - were exhumed. Cromwell and Ireton’s bodies spent the night of 28 January 1661 at the Red Lion, Holborn.
However, exactly twelve years after Charles I's execution, On 30 January 1661, the three bodies were dragged through London to Tyburn and hanged, despite being in quite advanced states of decomposition.
Cromwell’s body was decapitated and the head placed on a spike above Westminster Hall. It later blew down in a storm 24 years later, and the head passed through various hands before being buried at his alma mater Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge.
In history, there is no posthumous execution of a head of state is as cruel and strange as that of Oliver Cromwell.
Content created and supplied by: @STmorakinyo (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More