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REGICIDE. The killing of a king, and, by extension, of a queen. Theorie des Lois Criminelles, vol. 1, p. 300.

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Franco Moretti splendidly situates King Lear along with Gorboduc among the English regicidal narratives.
Bradley's portrait of him as a man who ultimately yields to evil by failing, in the regicidal aftermath, to divulge to the Scottish nobles his secret "fears and scruples" (2.
This letter is not signed by Thomas Cromwell, that much-feared and cruel minister of Henry VIII who was executed with Sir Walter Hungerford, but by Oliver Cromwell, the regicidal leader of the Commonwealth over a century later.
83) The earlier association of the Jesuits with the regicidal politics of the Catholic League made the political thought of the Jesuits especially vulnerable to attack.
Nor was Macbeth intimidated by reverence for divinely sanctioned authority: a praying Duncan bathed in golden light was no bar to his regicidal conviction.
Like Hamlet, the young Telmarine Prince Caspian has lost his rightful throne to his usurping regicidal uncle.
Burks demonstrates how these regicidal historians revived the earlier language and imagery which linked political impositions with the sexual transgressions of the monarch: "These antimonarchist writers set out to prove that Charles was a tyrant by pointing to the arbitrariness of his will, which they insinuated was not only a will to power, but also a will to pleasure irrational and boundless in its desire" (269).
John Coffey's well-researched work reveals a Puritan divine who advocated Arminian theology, congregational polity, regicidal republicanism, and religious toleration.
This paranoid style was also on display during the trial of the London Corresponding Society, as prosecutors presented even the most modest efforts at constitutional reform as contributing, through a complex chain of causation, to a secret regicidal plot.
Excoriated by Gallicans as regicidal foreigners loyal not to France but to Spain and to the papacy, Jesuits were accused of complicity in Jean Chastel's attempt to assassinate Henry IV on 27 December 1594.
The striking change in venue--from the communal setting of the public square to the interior privacy and solitude of home (not to mention the subversive suggestiveness of the regicidal proverb)--appears to signal a very different type of ideal reader from that of the Novelas ejemplares.
67) The international scandal of Mary's execution threatened to destabilise Elizabeth's power by forcing her into a role she did not wish to accept: namely, that of a parricidal, regicidal tyrant.