Soldiers of the Apocalypse

In 1661, a group of religious fanatics plotted to butcher Charles II and summon 'King Jesus' down to Earth. Robert Hutchinson tells the story of the Fifth Monarchist insurgency

In the central image, leading Fifth Monarchists are executed on 19 January 1661 following the bloody failure of their uprising. Their leader, Thomas Venner, was hanged, drawn and quartered. (Photo by The Print Collector/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the August 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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