Royal Charles: Charles II and the Restoration by Antonia FraserRoyal Charles is a fabulous book by one of the great historians of our time. As always Fraser judges the players severely but never applies the standards of a different era.
Charles II emerges as a very admirable King in Frasers book. He understand what his role was and what limitations were imposed to him. He acted courageously during the Great Fire of London. He loved his wife, his many mistresses and his numerous bastards. He promoted architecture, science, horse-racing and the building of parks. He preferred deceit to confrontation and was for religious toleration. His political judgement was superb. Frasers conclusion is that Charles II was a veru good monarch who always reacted in the right way to events but one who lacked the Nietzschean will to transform his nation.
Frasers book reads so well that one can forget about little of the context is explained. Fraser is clearly writing for a readership that knows English history very well. She refers to covenanters, Whigs and Puritans without explaining who they were or what their political agendas were. Fraser is so good as a narrator and describes people so well that most readers will never notice how little of the political manoeuvring they understand. Ultimately Frasers choice to write about the man and those in his entourage rather more than the times that they lived is quite legitimate. However, it should be understood that the Royal Charles is not an introductory work to the history of the era.
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Account Options Sign in. Top charts. New releases. Add to Wishlist. King Charles II was one of Britain's most charismatic monarchs. His year reign was nothing if not cataclysmic: London was decimated by the Plague and the Great Fire, while England's resources were constantly depleted by wars with Holland and France. Despite all this, he nurtured the wittiest, most decadent Royal Court of all time, while entertaining an array of magnificent mistresses from sex-addict Barbara Villiers to the French spy Louise de Keroualle.
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It covers the life of Charles II - beginning just before his Restoration to the throne in He was deeply traumatized by the execution of his father in , after the former's defeat in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms ; it begins, however, with his penurious exile in Antwerp in The film's emphasis is on his court, and his conflicts with Parliament - essentially the same issues which led to the Civil War between his father and the House of Commons, the politics of who would succeed him - and his relationships with his family, his mistresses and his illegitimate son James, Duke of Monmouth. The film dramatizes both Charles's laziness and frivolous diversion, leaving political issues to his chancellor Sir Edward Hyde , but becoming increasingly irritated by the paternalistic way which Hyde behaves towards him. Dismissing Hyde, he takes the reins of power himself, determined that his brother should succeed him in the event of his not having any legitimate children despite opposition to James's Catholicism , and that Royal Power not be challenged by Parliament. This version, however, was heavily edited.
Charles II: The Power and the Passion is a British television film in four episodes, broadcast on BBC One in , and produced by the BBC in association with.
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You post so many pictures of shows I don't know!, Sign in. In after years in exile, Charles II is restored to the throne of England but is abandoned by his friend, the Duke of Buckingham.
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