Sunday, March 07, 2010

Hello, King Charles

Curly Hair, Flowers and Feathers, Jewelry Galore, Loose-fitting Clothes...
No, we're not talking Hippie era but the age of the Roundheads and Cavaliers, the time of Charles II.

Charles II (1630-1685), King of England and Scotland, left his mark on a very turbulent period in English history. Charles came to the throne after the death of Oliver Cromwell. The English Civil War over, Charles' reign became known as the Age of Restoration.

Readers interested in English history will find much to like about Jennifer Uglow's A Gambling Man : Charles II's Restoration Game. The book is gossipy and reads like a modern historical fiction thriller. Mix in strong personalities, political unrest, religious turmoil, and scholarship and the result is a premium read.

Further Reading
Antonia Fraser's Royal Charles : Charles II and The Restoration (1979) is still considered to be a great study of Charles and the Restoration. For readers who want to learn more about this 17th century superstar, Fraser's book is an added treat.

Post by Bev Simmons