The diary of John Evelyn

Regular posts from the diary of John Evelyn

Month: May 1641

Monday 24 May 1641

I returned to Wotton.

Wednesday 12 May 1641

On the 12th of May, I beheld on Tower-hill the fatal stroke which severed the wisest head in England from the shoulders of the Earl of Strafford, whose crime coming under the cognizance of no human law or statute, a new one was made, not to be a precedent, but his destruction. With what reluctancy the King signed the execution, he has sufficiently expressed; to which he imputes his own unjust suffering—to such exorbitancy were things arrived.

[Image of the execution from Wikipedia]