REBELLION IN THE REIGN OF CHARLES II


REBELLION IN THE REIGN OF CHARLES II

JULIAN WHITEHEAD    Book Number: 87829    Product format: Hardback

Charles II is the 'Merry Monarch' a fun-loving King with several mistresses including pretty cockney girl, Nell Gwynn. We remember him as the adventurous young man who hid in an oak tree to escape from Cromwell's Roundheads. The three kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland, which Charles II came to rule in 1660, totalled nearly nine million people who were severely traumatised and had suffered civil wars resulting in the loss of 200,000 lives, countless casualties, and bitter divisions of communities and families. A Republic had been created, followed by a military coup and Cromwell's Protectorate, and during the turmoil, bishops and the whole Anglican church had been abolished and its properties seized. It was a deeply religious age, but there was absolutely no tolerance for Roman Catholics. The welcome that was given to the returning King was based upon hope for peace, stability and prosperity. But plots, uprising and threats to the King's power, throne and even life soon followed. Yet Charles reigned for a quarter of a century and died in his bed. He was an intelligent and energetic man, but those qualities were largely devoted to the pursuit of pleasure. The book throws light on the murky world of espionage, covert operations and general dirty tricks that enabled Charles II to overcome opposition and intrigue to be England's last absolute monarch to hold the throne. Charles' father was executed and his brother James managed to stay on the throne for only four years. Former intelligence officer and security adviser Julian Whitehead tells the darker side of the rebellions with a mixture of guile, espionage, propaganda and military oppression. Conspiracy and sedition are revealed in places as different as the glittering extravagance of the court with its scheming mistresses and power-hungry aristocrats, to backstreet taverns frequented by rogues and rebels. It reveals Joseph Williamson as one of the great British spymasters and shows the savagery of religious persecution. Welcome to a world of kidnap, assassination, censorship, false witness and judicial murder. 277pp, illus.
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