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Plague, Fire and Popish Plots: The Worlds of Charles II

When you'll study it
Semester 1
CATS points
30
ECTS points
15
Level
Level 5
Module lead
Maria Hayward

Module overview

During his lifetime Charles II was described as charming, indolent and a womaniser, while his court was seen as far more informal than that of his father, Charles I. This module will seek to assess the validity of this view and it will consider the challenges Charles II faced a monarch. While the primary focus is upon Charles II, we will place him in a wider context by considering the relationship of the king and his capital, the changing role of the city of London and draw comparisons with Paris and Versailles. We will also look at how Charles II responded to practical challenges such as plague and fire in London, as well as political and religious threats such as the Popish plot, the place of women in society and the role of coffee houses as a site of political discourse.

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