Deciphering the King: Charles I's Letters to Jane Whorwood

Poynting, Sarah
April 2006
Seventeenth Century;Spring2006, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p128
Academic Journal
The article discusses the letter of Charles I to Jane Whorwood in the 17th century. Jane was the wife of Brome Whorwood who was among the small group of people that the king relied in attempting to arrange an escape while imprisoned at Carisbrooke. In his two letters to Jane, he used cipher for confidentiality reasons. It was not until the twentieth century that the cipher was deciphered in Thomas Wagstaffe's "Vindication of King Charles the Martyr."


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