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Restoration : Charles II and his kingdoms, 1660-1685

Author: Tim Harris
Publisher: London ; New York : Allen Lane, 2005.
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"Tim Harris's major new book is the first in a generation to look afresh at one of the most dramatic periods in British history. Far from being the 'merry monarch' of legend, Charles II is shown to be a cynical, brutal ruler, one of the very few truly repressive British kings. His intolerance was fuelled both by his precarious position and by the contradictions in ruling three countries with hugely different  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Harris, Tim, 1958-
Restoration.
London ; New York : Allen Lane, 2005
(OCoLC)643826949
Named Person: Karl, England König II.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Harris
ISBN: 0713991917 9780713991918
OCLC Number: 57529029
Description: xxi, 506 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The nation would not stand long : weaknesses of the restoration monarchy in England --
2. Popery and arbitrary government : the restoration in Ireland and Scotland and the makings of the British problem --
3. Fearing for the safety of the people : the Popish plot, exclusion and the nature of the Whig challenge, c. 1678-1681 --
4. The remedy for the disease : the ideological response to the exclusionist challenge --
5. Keeping the reins of government straight : the Tory reaction in England --
6. From Bothwell Bridge to Wigtown : Scotland and the Stewart reaction --
7. Malcontents and loyalists : the troubles and disquiets in Ireland from the Popish plot to the royalist reaction.
Responsibility: Tim Harris.

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"Tim Harris's major new book is the first in a generation to look afresh at one of the most dramatic periods in British history. Far from being the 'merry monarch' of legend, Charles II is shown to be a cynical, brutal ruler, one of the very few truly repressive British kings. His intolerance was fuelled both by his precarious position and by the contradictions in ruling three countries with hugely different religious and social make-ups. Restoration makes vivid this whole era of 'Popish plots', bubonic plague, the reckless, libertine court and the Fire of London, which saw the birth of popular politics, 'Tories' and 'Whigs', riots, petitions, seditious rumour and mass demonstrations. The reign became one of the great periods of English invective, and Tim Harris takes full advantage of this, using contemporary pamphlets, speeches and sermons to convey the passions both of the elite and of ordinary people."--BOOK JACKET.

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