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The Restoration: England in the 1660s

The Restoration: England in the 1660s

N. H. Keeble

ISBN: 978-0-631-23617-7 October 2002 Wiley-Blackwell 292 Pages


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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.

List of Abbreviations.

A Note on Conventions, Procedures and Dates.


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.


‘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).


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.