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Regicide is the killing of crowned, sovereign monarch by another person. It includes the murder, assassination, conspiracy to murder, or execution of the monarch. It generally does not include deaths of monarchs who were killed on the field of battle, commanding their armies, as, for instance, Richard I of England met his fate, as in such situations the monarch is playing a combatant role and is thus a fair target for enemy soldiers.

For a full list of monarchs who have died by regicide in Harry Turtledove's works, see Category:Victims of Regicide.

Regicide in Ruled BritanniaEdit

Queen Elizabeth's decision to have Mary of Scotland executed in 1587, shocked Europe in an era when official regicide was nearly unthinkable. Paradoxically, this act may have saved Elizabeth's life. When Spanish forces conquered England in 1588, King Philip II refused to have Elizabeth killed and kept her prisoner instead, to show that he would never stoop to such an act.

Regicide in The Two GeorgesEdit

As he committed regicide when he ordered the execution of Charles I in 1649, Oliver Cromwell was a hero to the Sons of Liberty, the separatist organisation that sought the independence of the North American Union from the British Empire.[1] In the 1990s, the Sons sought to follow in the footsteps of this event by organising an attempt on the life of Charles III, the reigning King-Emperor of Britain.

Regicide in WorldwarEdit

Tsar Nicholas II became a victim of regicide during the Russian Revolution. Among the Race, which held its own emperors sacred, regicide was the ultimate taboo.[2] During the Race Invasion of Tosev 3, Fleetlord Atvar naively told the Soviets that he would avenge the murder of their emperor, a vow he was unable to keep.

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