This cultural history challenges the standard depiction of the 1660s as the beginning of a new age of stability, demonstrating that the decade following the Restoration was just as complex and exciting as the revolutionary years that preceded it.
N. H. Keeble is Professor of English Studies and Deputy Principal at the University of Stirling. He is the author of Richard Baxter: Puritan Man of Letters (1982) and The Literary Culture of Nonconformity in Later Seventeenth-Century England (1987). He has compiled a two-volume Calendar of the Correspondence of Richard Baxter (1991, with Geoffrey F. Nuttall) and has edited texts by Baxter, John Bunyan and Lucy Hutchinson, as well as collections of essays on Bunyan and an anthology illustrating The Cultural Identity of Seventeenth-Century Woman (1994).
List of Abbreviations.
A Note on Conventions, Procedures and Dates.
1. The Return of the King (1658–60):.
The Fall of the Protectorate (September 1658 – April 1659).
The Rump Restored (May – September 1659).
Don Juan Lamberto(October – December 1659).
The Long Parliament Restored (January – March 1660).
Monarchy Restored (April – May 1660).
2. The Restoration Year (1660-61):.
‘Past all humane policy'.
The Royal Martyr.
‘A time of universal festivity & joy'.
Restoration or Revolution?.
Executions and Exhumations.
3. Great Zerubbabel: Charles and the Convention (1660):.
Images of the King.
‘Our good old Form'.
The Declaration of Breda.
The Act of Oblivion.
The Convention Settlement.
4. Royal Servants: Clarendon and the Cavalier Parliament (1661–67):.
Court and Country.
The Cavalier Settlement.
‘The fat Scriv'ner'.
The Costs of War.
‘The old man's going away'.
5. Fathers in God: the Church of England:.
The Worcester House Declaration.
The Act of Uniformity.
Comprehension, Indulgence and the Clarendon Code.
Laudians and Latitude-men.
6. ‘The patience of heroic fortitude': nonconformity, sedition and.
‘Fall'n on evil days': Milton and Bunyan.
The experience of persecution.
The Licensing Act and the press.
Radicals, republicans and plotters.
7. ‘Luxury with Charles restor'?: the temper of the times:.