“Pride’s purge” (1648)

December 6th On this day in 1648, the Parliamentarian Colonel Thomas Pride expelled over one hundred Presbyterian Royalist Members of Parliament from the Houses of Parliament, in what became known as “Pride’s Purge”.

Pride's purge

Pride’s purge

The remaining Members, constituting the “Rump Parliament”, then instigated the legal proceedings against the king, Charles I, that led to his trial for treason, and eventually to his execution.

The execution of Charles I

The execution of Charles I

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