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January 28, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

44. Charles II (Restoration)


After the republican interlude of the Commonwealth, Charles II leads the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. After an adventurous youth alongside his father in the Civil War and a thrilling escape from Cromwell's clutches in 1651, Charles was intent on having a good time and taking things easy. However, increasing tensions around foreign policy and religion (specifically the Catholicism of Charles's brother, James) saw the country once more in fear of civil strife. Will Charles II succeed where his father failed? Will he be able to put out the Great Fire of London? And most importantly, will he win the Rex Factor?

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  • Dan

    Hi Graham & Ali, absolutely loving your work on this Podcast. What a great idea and so well executed. Very knowledgeable but loads of fun too. Just finished Charles 2 which is the one I’ve most been looking forward to (and the one that led me here in the 1st place). Bless you for giving him the Rex factor! I was so hoping you would and I was on the edge of my seat during your deliberations. My view is that he was a master tactician to be able to survive all the many and varied threats to his survival which added to all the more salacious and better known stuff for which he is known more than qualifies him. You did a great job of presenting a balanced picture of him and I believe London in particular would’ve been the poorer without him.

    Keep up the good work guys!

    All the best,


    Sep 12, 2012 at 12:00 am
  • Polly

    Hey guys, I ruddy love this podcast- on my second run through now. Though extra special thanks for this one…My 6 year olds totally nailed the “gather facts about the fire of London from as many places as possible” homework, all thanks to a rex factor podcast quote. The kids now think we should have a party every year on Charles II birthday to celebrate him bringing Christmas back…..Cheers again, Pol

    Nov 15, 2012 at 1:13 am
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