King Charles II of England


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On the 30 January 1649, a large crowd gathers beneath a hastily erected scaffold at the Palace of Whitehall, at the stroke of 2pm a nameless masked man delivered a single blow to sever the head of Charles II. 700 hundred years after Alfred the Great sought to establish the Kingdom of England, the English monarchy was no more. A commoner and puritan named Oliver Cromwell was now the country’s de facto dictator. But as Cromwell’s parliamentarians celebrated an end to the violent civil war, the King’s 19-year-old son was determined to avenge his slaying and to restore the monarchy. A decade later, the young pretender would assume his father’s throne.

In this episode, I examine the life of King Charles II, from his earliest days, through his exile, his triumphant return, and the remainder of his troubled reign.

This is an original production brought to you by Daniel Mainwaring's Fascinating People, Fascinating Places Podcast. For more information visit the website

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