King Charles II

Standard Name: Charles II, King
Used Form: Charles the Second


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Anthologization Lady Rachel Russell
The work appeared with an introduction Vindicating the Character of Lord Russel , Against Sir John Dalrymple , &c: LRR , that is, was seen as having historical rather than literary interest.
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
35 (1773): 381
Cultural formation Agnes Beaumont
Hers was the first name that Bunyan entered as joining this Puritan congregation, not long after his release from prison under the terms of Charles II 's Declaration of Indulgence (promulgated on 15 March 1672)...
Cultural formation Lady Lucy Herbert
Her family's titles, wealth, elite status, and remarkable record of high ability were somewhat offset by the RomanCatholic faith which excluded them from some of the civil rights and privileges possessed by other English or...
Dedications Aphra Behn
According to its title-page, it was published in 1689.
O’Donnell, Mary Ann. Aphra Behn: An Annotated Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources. Garland.
It was dedicated to Hortense Mancini, duchesse de Mazarin , now settled in England (who had been, like Behn's former dedicatee Nell Gwyn, a mistress...
Dedications Elizabeth Polwhele
Since it has prologue, epilogue, and cast-list, the play was evidently meant for performance; it was probably performed, though the sparse theatre records of this time bear no trace of it.
Polwhele, Elizabeth. “Introduction: A ’Lost’ Play and its Context”. The Frolicks, edited by Judith Milhous and Robert D. Hume, Cornell University Press, pp. 13-49.
The manuscript is...
Dedications Anna Maria Mackenzie
This novel is available from Chawton House LibraryNovels Online at The dedication is dated 1 March and the book was reviewed by July. An advertisement for AMM 's previous novel appears at the...
Dedications Mary Carleton
According to critic Mihoko Suzuki , The Case incorporates two portraits of its protagonist. The same plate was apparently used in two versions, one revised as to the hairstyle and ageing of the face. One...
Employer Abraham Cowley
He began writing poetry early, and also served as secretary to a diplomat and perhaps as a royalist spy during the English Civil War. He later felt that the royal family, that is Charles II
Family and Intimate relationships Lady Lucy Herbert
Lucy's father, William Herbert , owned estates in Wales and the Welsh marches, although much of the family's large properties had been forfeited after they fought for the monarchy in the English Civil War...
Family and Intimate relationships Teresia Constantia Phillips
Constantia had as godmother the dowager Duchess of Bolton , who was an illegitimate grand-daughter of Charles II through the once-notorious Duke of Monmouth. As a child Constantia was a member of the duchess's household...
Family and Intimate relationships Laetitia Pilkington
LP was proud of her mother's descent from Colonel William Meade (her own great-grandfather), who fought for Charles II in the Civil War.
Pilkington, Laetitia. Memoirs of Laetitia Pilkington. Editor Elias, A. C., University of Georgia Press.
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Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Singer Rowe
Her father, Walter Singer , a well-to-do wool merchant and a dissenting minister, had been imprisoned at Ilchester for his beliefs under Charles II (and had met his future wife when she came prison visiting)...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth (Cavendish) Egerton, Countess of Bridgewater
Of the ten children borne by Elizabeth (both as Lady Brackley and as Lady Bridgewater), seven outlived her although only four seem to have lived long enough to reach modern records: John , born on...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth (Cavendish) Egerton, Countess of Bridgewater
Lionel Cranfield, third Earl of Middlesex , challenged Lord Bridgewater (who had just been appointed guardian of his niece) to a duel in deliberately insulting language—Billingsgate dialect, Bridgewater called it, from the notoriously...
Family and Intimate relationships Dorothy Sidney, Countess of Sunderland
DSCS had another son, Robert , from this second marriage. This son would become Constable of Dover Castle in Charles II 's reign.
Ady, Julia Cartwright. Sacharissa. Seeley.


August 1651: Christopher Love, a clergyman, was executed...

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August 1651

Christopher Love , a clergyman, was executed by order of Parliament for disobeying its dictates, in spite of the campaign of petitions organized by his wife, Mary .

3 September 1651: Royalist hopes of a military victory were...

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3 September 1651

Royalist hopes of a military victory were finally crushed by defeat at the battle of Worcester; the future Charles II became a fugitive.

25 May 1659: Richard Cromwell (who had succeeded his father...

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25 May 1659

Richard Cromwell (who had succeeded his father as Lord Protector the previous year) resigned, leaving the way clear for negotiation with Charles II about restoration to the throne.

May 1660: John Dryden published Astræa Redux, a poem...

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May 1660

John Dryden published Astræa Redux, a poem of welcome to the returning Charles II ; he followed it with other monarchist poems.

8 May 1660: Charles II was officially proclaimed king,...

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8 May 1660

Charles II was officially proclaimed king, in London.

29 May 1660: Charles II entered London as the restored...

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29 May 1660

Charles II entered London as the restored king; the date became one of annual celebration for royalists.

6 July 1660: Charles II revived the old practice of touching...

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6 July 1660

Charles II revived the old practice of touching for the evil: professing to cure scrofula by a ceremonious royal touch.

21 August 1660: Charles II issued patents to Sir William...

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21 August 1660

Charles II issued patents to Sir William Davenant and Thomas Killigrew to open separate theatre companies in London.

25 September 1660: Samuel Pepys drank his first cup of tee (a...

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25 September 1660

Samuel Pepys drank his first cup of tee [sic] (a China drink), which had been arriving in England via Holland for a few years. (Coffee had been established in England for a decade or so...

7 October 1660: News reached the British royal household...

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7 October 1660

News reached the British royal household of a marriage that was to become dynastically significant: that of the king 's brother (later James II ) with the commoner Anne Hyde , daughter of Lord Clarendon .

Between 14 and 17 October 1660: A group of those associated with the execution...

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Between 14 and 17 October 1660

A group of those associated with the execution of Charles I (several of the almost sixty Regicides who in various official capacities had signed his death-warrant, and others) were executed by hanging.

18 December 1660: The Royal Adventurers (later the Royal African...

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18 December 1660

The Royal Adventurers (later the Royal African Company ) was founded under the personal patronage of Charles II and James II ; this represented Britain's active engagement with the slave trade.

1661: John Evelyn published a pamphlet entitled...

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John Evelyn published a pamphlet entitled Fumifugium: or, The Inconvenience of the Aer and Smoake of London Dissipated; a reprint by the National Smoke Abatement Society in 1933 has an introduction by Rose Macaulay .

January 1661: Fifth Monarchists (who expected the Second...

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January 1661

Fifth Monarchists (who expected the Second Coming and political rule of Christ, and had opposed the Cromwell ian government too) staged an uprising against the new king, Charles II .

23 April 1661: Charles II was crowned in Westminster Abbey,...

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23 April 1661

Charles II was crowned in Westminster Abbey, nearly a year after his restoration. Popular rejoicing followed.


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