Parliament's Sentence of Charles I, 1649
He, the said Charles Stuart, for accomplishment of such his designs, and for the protecting of himself and his adherents in his and their wicked practices, to the same end has traitorously and maliciously levied war against the present Parliament and people therein represented, as with the circumstances of time and place is in the said charge more particularly set forth. He has hereby caused and procured many thousands of the free people of this nation to be slain; and by divisions, parties, and insurrections within this land, by invasions from foreign parts endeavored and procured by him, and by many other evil ways and means, he, the said Charles Stuart, has not only maintained and carried on the said war both by sea and land, but also has renewed, or caused to be renewed, the said war against the Parliament and good people of this nation in this present year 1648 in several counties and places in this kingdom in the charge specified; and he has for that purpose given his commission to his son the prince and others, whereby, besides multitudes of other persons, many such as were by the Parliament entrusted for the safety of this nation, being by him or his agents corrupted to the betraying of their trust, and revolting from the Parliament, have had entertainment and commission for the continuing and renewing of the war and hostility against the said Parliament and people.
For all which treasons and crimes this court does adjudge that he, the said Charles Stuart, as a tyrant, traitor, murderer, and public enemy to the good people of this nation, shall be put to death by the severing of his head from his body.
Laws, Great Britain. "Sentence of the High Court of Justice upon Charles I, 1919." Select Documents of English Constitutional History. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 391-92. Forgottenbooks.com. 2013. Web. 28 Apr. 2016.
Which of the following British historical documents gave the Court the strongest precedent for accusing King Charles of treason against his own people?