Killing no Murder, briefly discoursed in three Questions.

London, [s.n.,] 1734.

8vo, pp. iv, 5-34; woodcut device to title; a very good copy, disbound.


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Later edition of Sexby and Titus’s famous apology for tyrannicide. Though a soldier in Cromwell’s New Model Army and an early agitator whose Apologie of the Common Soldiers was influential in the radicalisation of the parliamentary army, Edward Sexby (c. 1616–1658) eventually came to disagree with the Protectorate, escaping arrest in 1655 and fleeing to Flanders. Killing no Murder, first published in the Netherlands in 1657, equates Cromwell to Caligula and Nero and argues that tyrannicide cannot be murder, as tyranny suspends the normal course of law.

The text was frequently reprinted throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries at times of unrest.

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