Eikon Basilike

Mentioned in the previous post, being hung in the Royal Oake of Brittayne, Eikon Basilike was the purported autobiography of Charles I published after his execution. There is a really good wikipedia entry on the book which I recommend if you are interested as I don’t intend to go into the muddy waters of discussing who was the author or explaining the latin inscriptions. The engraving is by William Marshall and the date in 1648. Charles in in his kingly robes, and is holding a crown of thorns to suggest he is a martyr. Apart from that we can see a pair of heeled shoes, fine hose and the arm of a doublet sleeve. Simple cuffs and a small falling band is all the linen on show.

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His shoe is worthy of a close up though. Nice blocked heel and square toe.

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