Oliver Cromwell: It's an odd thing, Mr. Ireton. Every man who wages war believes God is on his side. I'll warrant God should often wonder who is on his.
King Charles: A democracy, Mr. Cromwell, was a Greek drollery based on the foolish notion that there are extraordinary possibilities in very ordinary people.
President Bradshaw: Sir, you are before a court of law!
King Charles I: I see I am before a *power*...
Oliver Cromwell: This nation will prosper because it is a godly nation, and because we walk hand in hand with the Lord!
Oliver Cromwell: O Lord, Thou knowest how busy I must be this day. If I forget Thee, do not Thou forget me.
Oliver Cromwell: Therefore, put your trust in God - and keep your powder dry!
Thomas Fairfax: I seem to remember we cut off the head of a king for such as this.
King Charles: Mr. Cromwell, you are impertient.
Oliver Cromwell: Such issues are beyond good manners, sir. Catholicism is more than a relgion. It ia a political power. Therefore, I am led to believe there will be no peace in Ireland until the Catholic Church is crushed.
Oliver Cromwell: Against the King? You mean a civil war? In England? Huh! You know not the ways of this nation. Such things do not happen here.
King Charles: Do you mean, sir, that I should declare war on my own people?
The Earl of Strafford: Aye, before they declare war on you!
John Pym: We would as much go back to our homes and our farms as pursue this mockery of a government one more day.
Henry Ireton: Though Strafford's hand be upon this warrant, I see in this business not the hand of Strafford, but that of the King.
Oliver Cromwell: It is not the function of this House to sit in judgment upon this King. The fault lies with those people from whom the King has sought counsel.
Oliver Cromwell: Now do we see in what contempt this King holds this house and this nation.
Oliver Cromwell: You are no more capable of managing the affairs of this nation than you are of running a brothel!
John Pym: I say then that this House is resolved that we shall vote - no money for the King! Neither will we take up arms against our Scottish brethren unless Parliament is allowed to function as the true voice of the people of England, and not as a gathering of lackeys to the King.
Executioner: [holding up the King's head] Behold, the head of a traitor!
Oliver Cromwell: In the name of God! Did we cut the head off this King only to steal his crown? This hollow golden ring, this worthless trinket? Give it to a whore for the price of her bed!
Oliver Cromwell: Gentlemen! An immovable Parliament is more obnoxious than an immovable King!
Oliver Cromwell II: Do you think it could come to war, Father?
Oliver Cromwell: Well, Oliver, when men run out of words, they reach for their swords. Let's hope we can keep them talking.
King Charles: [On scaffold, about to be executed] I go now from a corruptible to an incorruptible crown to everlasting glory.
The Earl of Strafford: Shall the King of England go out to the common people, hat in hand...
Queen Henrietta Maria: Like a beggar?
The Earl of Strafford: Aye, like a beggar?
Oliver Cromwell: [Addressing Parliament] I do not believe that this is an evil king. But he is confused. And he cannot say no to his wife. Therefore if it please God I shall raise an army of men who are not confused. Stern men who say no to the tyranny of kings and wives. Men who make no confusion over the ordained place of man and woman, king and subject. And with these stern, God-fearing men, I shall ride. And we shall be called Ironsides because we are like iron, being hard both night and day. And the king shall find us unyielding, like a rod of iron, and shall give us satisfaction. Like our wives!
King Charles: [the king receives a peace offer] Perhaps I should negotiate... listen to my subjects. Perhaps I have been mistaken...
Queen Henrietta Maria: [fiery and impatient] For heaven's sake, my love, if you cannot remain firm in our bedchamber at least try to remain firm in the light of day!
Sir Edward Hyde: I do confess that I have these many years given my allegiance to a man not worthy of the title King of England!
Oliver Cromwell: The King is not England, and England is not the King.
Oliver Cromwell: Every man who wages war thinks God is on his side, and often I warrant God should often wonder who is on his.
King Charles: [to Prince Rupert] You did give me your most solemn promise that you would hold Bristo for four months, yet you have not held it for four weeks. You promised mountains, yet you performed molehills.
Queen Henrietta Maria: [to Charle] O, my dearest Charles, I married you as a king and as a man. I beseech you. do not disappoint me in either aspect.