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The Restoration: England in the 1660s

ISBN: 978-0-631-19574-0
288 pages
October 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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This cultural history challenges the standard depiction of the 1660s as the beginning of a new age of stability, demonstrating that the decade following the Restoration was just as complex and exciting as the revolutionary years that preceded it.
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Table of Contents

Preface.

List of Abbreviations.

A Note on Conventions, Procedures and Dates.

Introduction.

1. The Return of the King (165860):.

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.

Giant Pope.

6. ‘The patience of heroic fortitude': nonconformity, sedition and.

dissent:.

‘Fall'n on evil days': Milton and Bunyan.

The experience of persecution.

Nonconformist culture.

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).

Porno-politics.

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.

Afterword.

Notes.

Index.

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Author Information

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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The Wiley Advantage


  • 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.
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Reviews

"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

"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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