In my last lecture, I had led the class up to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. I concluded as I always do, pointing out he continuities of Tudor policy and suggesting that after 118 years of Tudor rule, the parliamentary class had come to expect to be consulted about important matters of state.
When I opened today, I expected to preface my discussion of developments under the Stuarts by reflecting back on the uncertainty that attended the impending death of the Virgin Queen. Then this came in over my morning Twitter feed:
I pulled up the link in History Today and we read through the brief account. This gave me an opportunity to describe execution at the block, setting the stage for the beheading* of Charles I in 1649. Call it a teaching moment, I guess.
* I nearly wrote “martyrdom” of Charles I, as my beloved James A. Vann always referred to it.