The Restoration: England in the 1660s
October 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
List of Abbreviations.
A Note on Conventions, Procedures and Dates.
1. The Return of the King (1658–60):.
The Fall of the Protectorate (September 1658 – April 1659).
The Rump Restored (May – September 1659).
Don Juan Lamberto(October – December 1659).
The Long Parliament Restored (January – March 1660).
Monarchy Restored (April – May 1660).
2. The Restoration Year (1660-61):.
‘Past all humane policy'.
The Royal Martyr.
‘A time of universal festivity & joy'.
Restoration or Revolution?.
Executions and Exhumations.
3. Great Zerubbabel: Charles and the Convention (1660):.
Images of the King.
‘Our good old Form'.
The Declaration of Breda.
The Act of Oblivion.
The Convention Settlement.
4. Royal Servants: Clarendon and the Cavalier Parliament (1661–67):.
Court and Country.
The Cavalier Settlement.
‘The fat Scriv'ner'.
The Costs of War.
‘The old man's going away'.
5. Fathers in God: the Church of England:.
The Worcester House Declaration.
The Act of Uniformity.
Comprehension, Indulgence and the Clarendon Code.
Laudians and Latitude-men.
6. ‘The patience of heroic fortitude': nonconformity, sedition and.
‘Fall'n on evil days': Milton and Bunyan.
The experience of persecution.
The Licensing Act and the press.
Radicals, republicans and plotters.
7. ‘Luxury with Charles restor'?: the temper of the times:.
‘A yeare of prodigies'1665–66).
‘Things going to wrack'.
The Cabal (1667–70).
A la mode.
8. ‘Male and female created he them':.
Men and Women.
The Weaker Vessel.
‘An honourable estate'.
A Woman's Place.
Men of the World.
- Challenges the standard depiction of the 1660s as the beginning of a new age of stability.
- Presents the Restoration as a process rather than an event.
- Demonstrates that the 1660s were multi-faceted, dynamic and exciting.
- Offers a topic-based cultural history, rather than a straightforward chronological account.
- Uses contemporary accounts, allowing readers to hear the voices of the age speak in their own words.
–Mark Goldie, Churchill College, Cambridge
"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