Eikon Basilike

Robert Wilcher

in The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560608
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Eikon Basilike

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This article discusses the composition, revision, printing, and impact of the book, Eikon Basilike: The Portraicture of his Sacred Majestie in his Solitudes and Sufferings, which was released following the execution of Charles I on 30 January 1649. The book, also known as ‘the King's book’, became widely popular and had some seventy-five editions by 1896. The book achieved the ‘explicit aim’ — ‘to place the living image of the dead king in the hearts of all his “loyall Subjects”, and convert them to the Stuart cause’.

Keywords: Charles I; execution; king's book; martyr; dead king; loyal subjects; Stuart cause

Article.  9502 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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