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XVII century Silly English Kings – Charles II 1630 – 1685


Charles was popularly known as the Merrie Monarch, in reference to both the liveliness and hedonism of his court and the general relief at the return to normality after over a decade of rule by Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans. Charles’s wife, Catherine of Braganza, bore no children, but Charles acknowledged at least 12 illegitimate children by various mistresses. As illegitimate children were excluded from the succession, he was succeeded by his brother James.

Of Charles II, Wilmot supposedly said:

We have a pretty witty King,
And whose word no man relies on;
He never said a foolish thing,
And never did a wise one.
 
To which Charles is reputed to have replied “that the matter was easily accounted for: For that his discourse was his own, his actions were the ministry’s.”

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