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This Sceptred Isle

Paradise Lost to Pilgrim's Progress
Two plots to assassinate the King came to nothing but fear of the Catholics continued. Meanwhile Lord Danby engineered the marriage of Mary, the Duke of York's daughter to the Protestant, William of Orange. In 1678 the Whig and Puritan leaders exposed letters written by Danby mentioning six million livres as the price of English assent to the proposed Treaty of Nimwegan between the French and the Dutch and the King's desire to be independent of Parliamentary grants. Charles dissolved Parliament rather than have Danby impeached. Charles hoped for more support when he recalled Parliament but this did not happen. Danby was imprisoned in the Tower.

John Milton
John Milton
JOHN MILTON (1608-1674)

  • Poet, writer and often seen as a radical
  • Believed and promoted the idea of divorce (probably because he wanted one)
  • Publicly defended fee speech
  • Latin secretary to the Council of State (1649-1660) although he was going blind
  • In prison during the restoration where he wrote the final version of Paradise Lost (finished in 1663), Paradise Regained (1671) and Samson Agonistes (1671)

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1645New Model Army is established
Laud is executed
Use of the prayer book is forbidden
1646Charles I surrenders to the Scots
Receives propositions of Newcastle
1647Scots hand Charles I over to the English
1649Charles I is tried and executed
The monarchy and the House of Lords are abolished
The Commonwealth is declared.
1658Oliver Cromwell dies
1660Charles II signs the Declaration of Breda
Charles II is restored to the throne
1662Charles II marries Catherine of Braganza
1665The Great Plague
1666The Fire of London
1672Charles II issues the Declaration of Indulgence
1677Princess Mary marries William of Orange
1685Charles II dies
James II becomes king of England

John Milton
John Dryden
John Bunyan
William Congreve
George Farquhar
Sir John Vanbrugh
William Wycherley
George Etherege
Samuel Pepys
John Evelyn

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