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date: 15 April 2021

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This chapter examines the restoration of Charles II in 1660, how and by whom it was brought about, and the nature of the settlements in church and state that followed across England, Scotland, and Ireland. Set in a Britannic context, it deals with both high and low politics, using the evidence of petitions, demonstrations, riots, seditious words, popular print, and songs to shed light on the views and concerns of people from across the social spectrum. It looks at the popular agitation against the Rump parliament and the army in 1659–60, those who opposed the return of monarchy as well as those who welcomed it, who the ultimate winners and losers were, and why the Restoration failed to lead to the longed-for unity and stability.

Keywords: Restoration, England, Scotland, Ireland, Charles II, Rump, petitions, demonstrations, riots, seditious words

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