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Charles II & Charles the Second: see Charles I & Civil War & England & Monarchy & Cromwell

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17,769.  After Charles II was reinstated in 1660 Cromwellians like Blood quickly lost favour.  He began to plot against the new royalist regime.  (Gangstas: United Kingdom & England & Monarchy & Charles II)  Days that Shook the World: Grand Heist

 

17,773. King Charles considers Blood’s appeal ... He signs Blood’s pardon.  (Gangstas: United Kingdom & England & Monarchy & Charles II)  ibid.

 

 

30,329.  The irony about the restoration of Charles II was that he came to the throne not because England needed a successor to Charles I, he came to the Throne because England needed a successor for Oliver Cromwell.  (Great Britain & England & Charles II & Cromwell)  Simon Schama, A History of Britain: Revolutions

 

 

30,805.  Charles II … He famously fathered seventeen bastards by a plethora of mistresses.  (England & Monarchy & Charles II & Affairs)  Monarchy by David Starkey s3e1: The Return of the King

 

30,806.  He invoked his royal power to dispense the law in favour of both Catholics and non-Anglican Protestants ... The House of Commons, with its hardline Anglican majority, refused the King point blank.  (England & Monarchy & Charles II & Parliament)  ibid.

 

30,807.  The elected returned parliaments in 1679 and again in 1680 in which there was a clear majority for James’s exclusion.  Charles would have to fight for his brother’s right to the throne.  And with it for the very idea of hereditary monarchy itself ... Faced with two successive parliaments in which there had been a clear majority for the exclusion from the crown of his brother James, Charles dissolved them both.  (England & Monarchy & Charles II & Parliament & James II)  ibid.

 

30,808.  The Church of England now condemned all the doctrines of Whigism as false, seditious and impious, and declared most of them heretical and blasphemous as well.  (Liberal & England & Monarchy & Charles II & Parliament & Anglicanism)  ibid.

 

 

30,836.  A new parliament was elected.  And their first Act was to invite Prince Charles back from the Low Countries to rule as Charles II.  (England & Civil War & Parliament & Charles II)  The English Civil War IV: The Shadow of the Scaffold

 

30,837.  For the restoration of the Stuart dynasty would prove merely an interlude.  And the Glorious Revolution of 1668 restored many of the values of the protectorate.  (England & Civil War & Charles II)  ibid.

 

 

30,882.  The Scots realised they had probably swapped one king for another at this point.  And this was exploited by Charles II.  (Scotland & Charles II)  Steve Pickstock

 

 

30,963.  I’m going to meet the women at the top of the tree – at Charles II’s court.  These women were intimately connected with the king.  (England & Charles II & Women)  Dr Lucy Worsley, Harlots, Housewives and Heroines: A 17th Century History for Girls I: Act One: At Court

 

30,964.  Women like Barbara were able to exploit his human weaknesses – she could hope to win as much power as any male government minister.  A royal mistress like Barbara could take on the political establishment.  (England & Charles II & Women)  ibid.

 

30,965.  The mistress was embedded in the very heart of the court.  (England & Charles II & Women)  ibid.

 

30,966.  The rise of the career mistress brought with it endless intrigue.  (England & Charles II & Women)  ibid.

 

 

30,981.  Nell Gwyn ... a mistress of Charles II.  (England & Women & Charles II)  Dr Lucy Worsley, Harlots, Housewives and Heroines: A 17th Century History for Girls III: Act Three: At Work and at Play

 

 

32,381.  The royal refugee our breed restores
With foreign courtiers and with foreign whores,
And carefully repeopled us again,
Throughout his lazy, long, lascivious reign.  Daniel Defoe, The True-Born Englishman

 

 

32,382.  God bless our good and gracious King,

Whose promise none relies on;

Who never did a foolish thing,

Nor ever did a wise one.  (Charles II & Epigram)  John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

 

 

32,383.  If his Majesty is resolved to have my head, he may make a whistle of my arse if he pleases.  Algernon Sydney, cited Joe Miller's Jests 1739

 

 

58,847.  I always admired virtue – but I could never imitate it.  (Virtue & Charles II)  Charles II

 

 

113,865.  How did Charles II become more famous for his sexual adventures than for performing his royal duties?  (Charles II & Monarchy)  Private Lives of the Monarchs s1e4: Charles II

 

113,866.  ‘He was feckless, he was slothful and he was lewd in his behaviour.’  (Charles II & Monarchy)  ibid.

 

113,867.  William Chiffinch: royal page, keeper of the closet, otherwise known as royal pimpmaster.  (Charles II & Monarchy)  ibid. 

 

113,868.  Diseases like syphilis were rife at court.  (Charles II & Monarchy)   ibid.  

 

 

115,329.  Seven years after his restoration serious questions were being about the competence of Charles as king.  (England & Charles)  Dr Clare Jackson, The Stuarts III: A Family at War, BBC 2018