King Charles II of England The Merry Monarch, yes. Brave in battle, lived in exile and poverty, then enjoyed life, beauty and women after the restoration. Built Palace House Stables in Newmarket, won a race on his horse Old Rowley for which the Rowley Mile racecourse is named, rebuilt London following the Great Fire, defied pariliament and kept the religious peace.

King Charles II of England The Merry Monarch, yes. Brave in battle, lived in exile and poverty, then enjoyed life, beauty and women after the restoration. Built Palace House Stables in Newmarket, won a race on his horse Old Rowley for which the Rowley Mile racecourse is named, rebuilt London following the Great Fire, defied pariliament and kept the religious peace.

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Charles II of England. Lived in exile during the English Civil War, his father King Charles I was executed in 1649. Following the death of Oliver Cromwell in 1658, Charles II was invited back to England to take the throne. He was known as the 'Merrie Monarch'. He had several mistresses and several illegitimate children

Charles II of England. Lived in exile during the English Civil War, his father King Charles I was executed in 1649. Following the death of Oliver Cromwell in 1658, Charles II was invited back to England to take the throne. He was known as the 'Merrie Monarch'. He had several mistresses and several illegitimate children

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Charles II (1630 - 1685). Prince of Wales from 1638 to 1641, when the title was abolished, although he would claim to be Prince of Wales until 1649, when his father was executed. He later married Catherine of Braganza, but had no children. .

Charles II (1630 - 1685). Prince of Wales from 1638 to 1641, when the title was abolished, although he would claim to be Prince of Wales until 1649, when his father was executed. He later married Catherine of Braganza, but had no children. .

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barbara villiers lady castlemaine | Barbara Villiers (1640–1709), Duchess of Cleveland.Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland, Countess of Castlemaine, also known as Lady Castlemaine was an English courtesan from the Villiers family and perhaps the most notorious of the many mistresses of King Charles II of England, by whom she had five children, all of whom were acknowledged and subsequently ennobled. Her influence .

barbara villiers lady castlemaine | Barbara Villiers (1640–1709), Duchess of Cleveland.Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland, Countess of Castlemaine, also known as Lady Castlemaine was an English courtesan from the Villiers family and perhaps the most notorious of the many mistresses of King Charles II of England, by whom she had five children, all of whom were acknowledged and subsequently ennobled. Her influence .

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Charles !! was crowned King of England, completing the restoration of the monarchy on this day 23rd April,1661. His father Charles I had been beheaded by Oliver Cromwell fllowing the Civil War  Charles II coronation portrait by John Michael Wright

Charles !! was crowned King of England, completing the restoration of the monarchy on this day 23rd April,1661. His father Charles I had been beheaded by Oliver Cromwell fllowing the Civil War Charles II coronation portrait by John Michael Wright

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Catherine of Braganza (Catarina Henriqueta) was the wife of Charles II of England and as such, the Queen consort of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1662 to 1685.

Catherine of Braganza (Catarina Henriqueta) was the wife of Charles II of England and as such, the Queen consort of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1662 to 1685.

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Eleanor "Nell" Gwyn (1650-1687), was a former orange seller and actress.  In 1668, she caught the attention of King Charles II and she managed to be his mistress for 17 years.

Eleanor "Nell" Gwyn (1650-1687), was a former orange seller and actress. In 1668, she caught the attention of King Charles II and she managed to be his mistress for 17 years.

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Henrietta Anne of England was a sister of King Charles II of England, and married Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, Louis's brother. She was very attractive in her 17 so her friendly relationship with Louis XIV caused scandal and fed rumors of a romantic affair. To counter these rumors, the King and Henrietta decided that Louis should pay court elsewhere as a front, and Henrietta selected three young ladies to "set in his path", Louise Lavaliere among them. So Louis XIV got a quite shy Lavaliere

Henrietta Anne of England was a sister of King Charles II of England, and married Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, Louis's brother. She was very attractive in her 17 so her friendly relationship with Louis XIV caused scandal and fed rumors of a romantic affair. To counter these rumors, the King and Henrietta decided that Louis should pay court elsewhere as a front, and Henrietta selected three young ladies to "set in his path", Louise Lavaliere among them. So Louis XIV got a quite shy Lavaliere

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This day 23rd April, 1661 King Charles II was crowned King of England, completing the restoration of the monarchy. His father, Charles I had been beheaded by Oliver Cromwell following the civil war B. Lowe

This day 23rd April, 1661 King Charles II was crowned King of England, completing the restoration of the monarchy. His father, Charles I had been beheaded by Oliver Cromwell following the civil war B. Lowe

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King Charles II of England and Scotland, as Prince of Wales, 1630, portrait by Justus van Egmont (1601–1674)

King Charles II of England and Scotland, as Prince of Wales, 1630, portrait by Justus van Egmont (1601–1674)

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