January 30, 1649, was chosen to be King Charles’ death day. Among the sober observers were tall, flaxen-haired Gideon Jukes, musketeer and spy for Cromwell’s New Army, and lovely Juliana Lovell, the still loyal though seemingly abandoned wife of a Cavalier officer.
He was a great leader, an inspiring general, and a reluctant president who was fully aware that his public identity would become the country's solace during the difficult times of crafting a new nation. His careful silences may have contributed to his social and political success, but they did not entirely satisfy a populace who desired an icon of such moral superiority that Parson Weems' largely fabricated Life of Washington was a bestseller for years.
The University of Mary Washington Department of History and American Studies presents the "Great Lives" public lecture series each spring semester.
Coming up in March:
March 17 - Clara Barton
March 19 - Catherine the Great
March 26 - John James Audubon
March 31 - Mary Todd Lincoln
Find out more! Explore the Central Rappahannock Regional Library collections with our Great Lives Webliographies.