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The RestorationA Political and Religious History of England and Wales, 1658–1667$
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Ronald Hutton

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203926.001.0001

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The Years of Doubt

The Years of Doubt

1 The Years of Doubt
The Restoration

Ronald Hutton

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It is normal for new regimes to undergo a period of initial popularity which becomes tempered with time. Few, however, have fallen in the estimation of their subjects as dramatically as the restored monarchy did. The hysterical rejoicing of 1660 has been described. In 1663, Annesley could write anxiously of the hostility of the Londoners, while in Southwark the King's arms were torn down. In the same year Prynne, who had worked so hard for the Restoration, believed that only betrayal had followed, and that true liberty was as remote as ever. In 1660 Charles was regarded as a paragon, uniting an able and creative Privy Council. In 1663 a courtier, a beneficiary of the regime, could comment that ‘the King has abandoned himself to his lust and his ministers to their passions against one another’. Part of this transformation may be ascribed to the tensions generated by the Second Restoration Settlement, but other factors contributed concurrently to it. These, and the consequences of all are considered here.

Keywords:   regimes, monarchy, Charles II, Cavalier Parliament, Second Restoration Settlement

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