WSJ Book Review . JennyUngalow 'A Gambling Man; Charles II's Restoration Game.'
- Risky Business:A bitterly divided nation, a monarchy splendiferously restored.
When Charles II stepped ashore in Dover on May 27, 1660, and then entered London in a glorious procession two days later, on his 30th birthday, he was greeted with tolling church bells, cries of joy and expressions of hope. More than a decade had passed since his own exile to The Hague, the execution of his father and the rise of Oliver Cromwell's republican Commonwealthregarded as a dictatorship by the many who chafed under the rule of the "Lord Protector." With the arrival of Charlesa tall, dark-haired man of physical graceEngland's monarchy was splendiferously restored.