The Restoration: England in the 1660s

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The restoration of the monarchy in 1660 and the return of Charles II to his throne have often been depicted as a watershed in English history, inaugurating a period of stability following the upheavals and radicalism of the Civil War, the Republic and the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell. N. H. Keeble's study challenges this portrayal of events, arguing that the Restoration was in fact tentative and insecure, unsure either of its popular support or its future.
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Overview

The restoration of the monarchy in 1660 and the return of Charles II to his throne have often been depicted as a watershed in English history, inaugurating a period of stability following the upheavals and radicalism of the Civil War, the Republic and the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell. N. H. Keeble's study challenges this portrayal of events, arguing that the Restoration was in fact tentative and insecure, unsure either of its popular support or its future.
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“In this compelling and stylish book, N.H. Keeble explores the political miracle of the Restoration. Using a plethora of diaries and memoirs, poetry and polemic, Keeble helps us listen to the voices of that intensely introspective era.” Mark Goldie, Churchill College, Cambridge à

“A stimulating overview of one of the most intriguing decades of English history. Generous use of apt, often colourful quotations from contemporary sources gives the book a refreshing air and makes for a compelling read. Keeble's effective use of the latest scholarship adds to the book's value, making it an excellent introduction to the period and essential reading for those interested in the Stuart period.” Richard L. Greaves, Florida State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631195740
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: History of Early Modern England Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

N. H. Keeble is Professor of English Studies and Deputy Principal at the University of Stirling. He is the author of Richard Baxter: Puritan Man of Letters (1982) and The Literary Culture of Nonconformity in Later Seventeenth-Century England (1987). He has compiled a two-volume Calendar of the Correspondence of Richard Baxter (1991, with Geoffrey F. Nuttall) and has edited texts by Baxter, John Bunyan and Lucy Hutchinson, as well as collections of essays on Bunyan and an anthology illustrating The Cultural Identity of Seventeenth-Century Woman (1994).
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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Abbreviations
A Note on Conventions, Procedures and Dates
Introduction 1
1 The Return of the King (1658-1660) 5
1 The Fall of the Protectorate (September 1658-April 1659) 5
2 The Rump Restored (May-September 1659) 9
3 Don Juan Lamberto (October-December 1659) 11
4 The Long Parliament Restored (January-March 1660) 17
5 Monarchy Restored (April-May 1660) 26
2 The Restoration Year (1660-1661) 32
1 'Past all humane policy' 32
2 The Royal Martyr 36
3 'A time of universal festivity & joy' 40
4 Restoration or Revolution? 46
5 Executions and Exhumations 54
3 Great Zerubbabel: Charles and the Convention (1660) 58
1 Images of the King 58
2 'Our good old Form' 64
3 The Declaration of Breda 68
4 The Act of Oblivion 70
5 The Convention Settlement 76
4 Royal Servants: Clarendon and the Cavalier Parliament (1661-1667) 85
1 Court and Country 85
2 The Cavalier Settlement 89
3 'The fat Scriv'ner' 95
4 The Costs of War 102
5 'The old man's going away' 105
5 Fathers in God: The Church of England 109
1 The Worcester House Declaration 109
2 The Act of Uniformity 115
3 Comprehension, Indulgence and the Clarendon Code 120
4 Laudians and Latitude-men 124
5 Giant Pope 129
6 'The Patient of Heroic Fortitude': Nonconformity, Sedition and Dissent 132
1 'Fall'n on evil days': Milton and Bunyan 132
2 The Experience of Persecution 138
3 Nonconformist Culture 144
4 The Licensing Act and the Press 148
5 Radicals, Republicans and Plotters 154
7 'Luxury with Charles restor'd'? The Temper of the Times 159
1 'A yeare of prodigies' (1665-1666) 159
2 'Things going to wrack' 164
3 The Cabal (1667-1670) 168
4 Porno-politics 171
5 A la mode 176
8 'Male and Female Created He Them' 183
1 Men and Women 183
2 The Weaker Vessel 186
3 'An honourable estate' 191
4 A Women's Place 194
5 Men of the World 198
Afterword 206
Notes 208
Index 254
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