Saturday, 23 April 2011

On this day, 350 years ago, King Charles II is crowned for the second time...

In continuation of my “on this day” mini-series, I move away from the Wars of the Roses and skip forward two hundred years. On this day, 350 years ago, King Charles II of England, Scotland, Ireland is crowned in Westminster Abbey, for the second time. He had fled the country following the civil war and the death of his father at the hands of Oliver Cromwell (and having subsequently failed at the Battle of Worcester). Thus began the Restoration and a period of “merry-making” throughout the land, following the dour misery of Puritanical Britain.

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