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WSJ Book Review . JennyUngalow 'A Gambling Man; Charles II's Restoration Game.'

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  • robinsonmf
    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
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      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 Commonwealth—regarded as a dictatorship by the many who chafed under the rule of the "Lord Protector." With the arrival of Charles—a tall, dark-haired man of physical grace—England's monarchy was splendiferously restored.

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