attempt to organize a rescue, causing a drum to be beaten in the streets of Newport, and making a wild appeal to a few casual listeners, mostly women and boys, to come up to the Castle with him and bring His Majesty off. Nobody--except apparently one man with a musket--showed the least disposition to take the idea seriously; even Jack Ashburnham, who had found his way to the town after his expulsion, did his best to calm them down, and it was not long before the Mayor had had Burley peacefully taken into custody.
But instead of dismissing the poor fellow with a caution not to make a fool of himself, Governor Hammond determined to make it a case of high treason. He accordingly had the Captain sent to Winchester to be tried on the shameless charge of levying war against the King. (!). Being convicted in due course by a packed jury, he was condemned by a notoriously partisan judge* to be hanged, drawn and quartered, the sentence being carried out, with no mitigation of barbarity, to the last letter.
IF ever words carried conviction of their own authenticity, they are those that open the last chapter of Eikon Basilike, purporting to be set down After the Votes of Non Addresses and His Majesty's closer imprisonment in Carisbrooke Castle:
"As I have leisure enough, so I have cause more than enough, to meditate upon and prepare for my death: for I know there are but few steps between the prisons and graves of Princes.
"It is God's indulgence which gives me the space, but man's cruelty that gives me the sad occasions for these thoughts."
For it had indeed come to this. The end was clearly ahead; only its timing remained uncertain. If it were yet to be avoided it could only be by action from without. There was nothing that the King could do to avert or retard it. He had ceased to be master of anything but his own soul. Into that "castle within" he must now retire, and possess it in such patience as conscience and religion____________________