1660 restoration & settlement of charles II  

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1. General Resources  
2. Oliver Cromwell to Charles II
3. The Restoration Settlement
Charles II
The Convention Parliament
Political settlement
Religious settlement
Charles, ministers and early court politics
4. Foreign Relations
5. Miscellany
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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1. General Resources                           

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2. Oliver Cromwell to Charles II

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See here
for links to the death of Oliver Cromwell in the Commonwealth & Protectorate site and also for links to events before his death.
  • 1658-1660 Excellent linked timeline from British Civil Wars and Commonwealth site. See also the specific 1660 timeline on the crucial year. 
  • A History of the Rump. Has an odd focus: “The Rump: Or An Exact Collection of the Choycest Poems and Songs Relating to the Late Times (1662)”. However it is a thorough timeline (1659-1660 only are complete and it is still very much a work in progress…) linking to documents. Univ of Western Ontario.
Key Figures:
  • General Monck Thorough bio of this key figure from BCW&C site
  • General Monck  includes C.H. Firth's biography of Monck and excerpts from Monck's book Observations Upon Political and Military Affairs.
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3. The Restoration Settlement

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  • Restoration of Charles II BBC & Open University site. Well produced and detailed to coincide with a TV series, Aftershocks. Has a useful glossary with terms from Absolutism to Whig, with Puritan and Popery somewhere in between….
  • Monarchy Restored Useful article looks at the Scottish aspect of the restoration. From the ScotWars reenactment site.

The Convention Parliament

Political settlement
Religious settlement

Charles, ministers and early court politics

 


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4. Foreign Relations

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Netherlands & Second Anglo- Dutch War

For Ist Anglo-Dutch War go to the Wars of the Commonwealth section on the casahistoria Military Events of the Civil War page 
  • Anglo–Dutch Wars Brief but useful overview of the Dutch Wars from GlobalSecurityOrg
  • Second Anglo-Dutch War By Kennedy Hickman for About.com. Clear item: causes, outline, dates, outcome. See also the more detailed Raid on the Medway
  • Michiel de Ruyter Useful site on the 1667 Medway raids commanded by de Ruyter. Has documentry extracts. More sppecifics (tides, charts etc) are available on the sister Dutch site......

 

Portugal & Royal Marriage

 




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5. Miscellany

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  • Diaries of the Seventeenth Century By Dr Mark Knights. Looks at whether the diarists of the period can provide an unbiased recollection of events occurring at the time in which they were written? BBC article from Civil War & revolution series.
  • The Blog diary of Samuel Pepys. This is his diary being rewritten as a blog!! This links to the blog start in 1660 for a modern way to read the day to day events of the restoration... (or read the full original text here from bibliomania)
  • Diary of Ralph Josselin The diary of the Puritan clergyman Ralph Josselin, covering the period 1643-83. Entries from Jan 1st 1660 onwards begin here and provide an insight into Puritans during the Restoration period
  • Sex, Lice and Chamber Pots in Pepys' London. Tongue in cheek extracts from Pepys. By Liza Picard for BBC.
  • London: Brighter Lights, Bigger City. By Bruce Robinson. Looks at expansion of London as it was transformed from being simply the capital of England to being a major centre of world commerce and culture. BBC article from Civil War & revolution series.

 

  Originally I had hoped to cover Charles II's reign in total but once out of the glare of the civil war period useful links really vanish....

It seems that beyond this period freely available sites of value are far and few between and with a few exceptions, the researcher is left with the (often valuable nonetheless) wikipedias and paid-for articles.

Like the ideas of the Levellers we need to wait until the 20th century for more ......
 

 





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