Essays on the Later Stuarts

Essays on the Later Stuarts

Essays on the Later Stuarts

Essays on the Later Stuarts

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These three papers are the last which Godfrey Davies completed and prepared for publication. Each illustrates, in its own way, the contribution which the biographical approach can make to the explanation of historical events. "Charles II in 1660" summarizes the published sketches of the king that appeared at the Restoration, and tests these in the light of other evidence. This article was a natural outgrowth of the writer's last book, The Restoration of Charles II 1658-1660 (San Marino, 1955), and would have formed part of a continuation of that work which Davies had begun. Though not intended as a full character sketch, the paper does outline what seem to be the most revealing actions of King Charles II prior to his restoration, and presents the king as he must have appeared to the man in the street and to those who knew him more intimately.

"Tory Churchmen and James II" explains succinctly how James forfeited the support of the Anglicans who had been so exuberantly loyal at his accession. Here Davies returned to a theme that had occupied him as long ago as 1915. In that year he assisted C. H. Firth in the revision of his lecture on Macaulay's treatment of James II, which was posthumously published in Firth's A Commentary on

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