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Charles I
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"Censure us not, for having parted with too much of our own right; the price was great; the commodity was security to us and peace to our people."
- Letter to his son, Charles

"Never make a defense or apology before you are accused."
 
"And therefore I tell you (and I pray God it be not laid to your charge) that I am the Martyr of the People."
 
"That I may die as a man, is certain, that I may die a king, by the hands of my own subjects, a violent, sudden, and barbarous death, in the strength of my years, in the midst of my kingdoms, my friends and loving subjects being helpless spectators, my enemies insolent revilers and triumphers over mee … is not so probable in humane reason, that God hath taught mee not to hope otherwise."
 
"It is not my case alone, it is the freedom and the liberty of the people of England, and do you pretend what you will, I must justly stand for their liberties. For if power, without law, may make law, may altar the fundamental laws of the kingdom, I do not know what subject he is in England can be assured of his life or anything he can call his own."
 
"I never did begin a war with the two houses of Parliament and I call God to witness that I never did intent to encroach upon their privileges."
 
"God forbid that I should be so ill a Christian as not to say God’s judgements are just upon me. Many times he does pay justice by an unjust sentence…an unjust sentence that I suffered for to take effect, is punished now by an unjust sentence upon me."
 
"Censure us not, for having parted with too much of our own right; the price was great; the commodity was security to us and peace to our people."
- Letter to his son, Charles
 
"Your king is both your cause, your quarrel and your captain. The foe is in sight. The best encouragement I can give you is this, that come life or death, your king will bear you company and ever keep this field, this place and this days service in his grateful remembrances."
- Speaking to his commanders on the eve of battle
 
"You lost a great deal of blood for me that day and I shall not forget it. For a lawyer, a professed lawyer to throw off his gown and fight so heartily for me, I must need think very well of it."
- To Sir Edward Lake, who had just fought at Edgehill
 
"Your cheerfulness in this service I shall requite if it be in my power. If I live not to do it, I hope this young man, my son, your fellow soldier, to whom I shall particularly give it charge, will do so."
- Charles speaking to a large group of people on Dartmoor, referring to his eldest son
 
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