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Why did Britain become a republic?

Case study 1: Death of Charles I - Source 2

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Initial plans for a treaty between Charles I and Parliament after the Second Civil War, 6 September 1648

(Catalogue ref: SP 16/516/86)

A Declaration of the Order of the Treaty

The King was set free on Wednesday, September 6, 1648 at Sir William Hodge's house at Newport in the Isle of Wight (where His Majesty's court is to be during the treaty) where the Commissioners from Parliament are to speak to him. …

15. The Commissioners from the Parliament will receive His Majesty's answer and plans. They will discuss with the King such matters as shall come up in relation to what they have presented to him from the Parliament. The aim is for His Majesty to take back all his plans and statements etc against the Parliament, and then to settle the issues of the militia and the running of the church.

16. The Commissioners are to give reasons why these should be insisted on, and why his Majesty should agree to them. …

19. After the first meeting of the Commissioners with His Majesty, the treaty is to continue 40 days. And every day will be spent on the treaty, to get a safe and well-grounded peace and bring His Majesty home to join with his Parliament.