Oliver Cromwell’s Posthumous Execution

by J-Touchette

Oliver Cromwell was finally given a spot to rest at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

Oliver Cromwell was born in Huntington, Cambridge on April 25, 1599. He died on Friday, September 3, 1658, the cause is presumed to be septicaemia. He was executed January 30, 1661.

That’s right, he is one of only a few people who has been executed posthumously.

Following his death he was buried in Henry VII’s chapel at Westminster Abbey with his daughter. Because of his position as Lord Protector, a position he made for himself after overthrowing the English monarchy, his funeral was a lavish affair modelled after the funeral of King James I.

Cromwell, was a big supporter of the execution of Charles I. On the warrant for that execution, Cromwell’s name appears as the third signature. It was the conviction he had in requiring the execution that caused his own execution, even if it was a little late.

Cromwell’s son succeeded him in ruling as Lord Protector, but did not last long, and resigned in 1659. The monarchy was then restored under the rule of Charles II. It was this king who demanded that Cromwell be punished for his crimes of high treason and regicide. And so Cromwell’s body was exhumed, along with John Bradshaw, President of the High Court of Justice for the trial of King Charles I and Henry Ireton, Cromwell’s son-in-law and general in the Parliamentary army during the English Civil War, to be posthumously killed. The date of the execution was chosen as it was the anniversary of King Charles I own death, 12 years earlier.

The bodies were hung and then beheaded at sunset and thrown into an unmarked pit. The heads were put on a spike at Westminster Hall, where they stayed on display for more than 20 years. The heads only came down because a storm broke the spike and sent the heads tumbling down.

Read more:

Oliver Cromwell | Historic-UK.com

Oliver Cromwell | Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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