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Eikon Basilike

A guide to rare editions of the Eikon Basilike and related materials held by Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland.


Welcome to the Special Collections Guide to the Eikon Basilike

This guide provides an overview of the editions and resources on the Eikon Basilike held in the Rare Book collection in Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland. 

The Pourtrature of His Sacred Majestie in His Solitudes and Sufferings, more commonly know as the Eikon Basilike, was an autobiography attributed to King Charles I of England (1600-1649). It was published ten days after the King was beheaded by Parliament in the aftermath of the English Civil War. It provides a fascinating look at English politics and history, biography and representation, printing, and the power of a text over time.