One of the most interesting periods in English history for me is the mid 1660’s.
Charles Stuart II had returned to England to the thrown of his father after the civil war.
RICHARD Cromwell having left the office of Lord Protector of England never been a strong political force he retires to private life. Many years later a younger man not knowing who he is whilst watching a grand event where the King is present asks Richard Cromwell “can you imagine been the king ” and Cromwell replying say ” Yes I can”
Meanwhile the restored Royalty take the body of Oliver Cromwell and various other living Puritans and puts them on trial for unlawfully executing Charles I in 1649.
In 1665 the citizens London are visited by a great bubonic plague carried over from Europe by the black rats which are infected with the flea. almost 17000 people shuffled off to their eternal resting place carried off by the bubonic plague the city of London had never been completely free of the plague the last time that plague had visited England on a large scale had been about 2 centuries earlier when ships from the far east had brought the ports of Europe and sparking off the Black Death.
In the following year at the beginning of September an unattended Baker’s oven sparked the great fire of London which would bring great ruin to many in London in particular the book sellers who had moved their entire stock of books into the crypt of Old Saint Paul’s Cathedral. The Cathedral had been under repair for damage sustained in the 1550’s but it had never quite been completed.
It was thought that the great height of St Paul’s would stop it from burning however the lead sheeting on the roof began to melt and caught fire as it dropped to the ground and the Grand old building began to burn when the roof of the building eventually collapsed a great file shot in to the air to a very great height.
The 1600’s was an age of contradictions on one hand there this was a great deal of superstition and at the very same time it was am age of enlightenment.
Men we’re setting our to the new world Newton was discovering new uses for apples. Pepys and Evelyn we’re recording events if their times. The Merry Monarch was enjoying himself and procrastinating on everything that could change the status quo.
LOUIS king of France had advanced Charles II a vast amount of money that on condition that he Charles at some future time Declared himself Catholic, Charles became very good at this and never declared himself in favour of Catholicism the fact was Charles had come home and there he meant to stay a few hours before his death a Catholic priest was summons into the Bedchamber where Charles lay dying to give extreme unction to the king.
To be continued
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