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Man, the English Civil War(s) was nasty

On January 10th in 1645, with the republicans in ascendancy in England, the controversial archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Church of England, William Laud, is beheaded.

He was an enemy and persecutor of the Puritans and a staunch defender of the divine right of kings, a key concept consistently propagated by Charles the First, often putting both men at odds with Parliament.

Laud found himself on the wrong side of history when the Puritan revolution began in the 1640s, shortly followed by his king.