Blair Worden

To Kill A King

The Tyrannicide Brief

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The Tyrannicide Brief is really two books in one, though they are held together by the polemical purpose of their author, the human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson. The first is an account of the career of the Solicitor-General at the trial of King Charles I in 1649, John Cooke (or Cook). The second is about the virtue and necessity of bringing tyrants and war criminals to justice.

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