Charles I: The king who lost his head over art


By Amit Roy PRINCE CHARLES, when he does ascend to the throne, will probably style himself King Charles III. We can be confident, however, that he will have a hap­pier fate than Charles I, who was King of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1625 until 1649.   The latter fell out with his par­liament, was tried for treason and executed outside the Ban­queting House in Whitehall on January 30, 1649.   In his time, Charles I’s residence, Whitehall Palace, was practi­cally an art gallery. What survives now after a fire is the Banqueting House – frequently used for In­dian functions, notably by…

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