King Charles Ii

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Kayla Sigman English Mr. Sell B9 8 January 2013 King Charles II When we think of a King we have a Royal figure in mind that is chosen or while others are not, to rule their country, an extravagant non-ordinary person. What about the King of England, Scotland, and Ireland. That was King Charles II, an extra ordinary person that the people loved, especially the women. Charles the Second was a man of high stature who accomplished good deeds and was a very merry monarch behind the scenes. Exactly who was Charles II? He was born May 29, 1630. Charles II was the eldest son of King Charles I of England and Queen Henrietta Maria. Preparations were made for the young prince to be baptized in July. The baptism of a prince is an…show more content…
Louise de Keroualle attempted to persuade Charles to become a Catholic, a suicidal move in strongly Protestant England; Charles was canny enough to resist, despite his own Catholic leanings (Jokinen). On his deathbed in 1685, the King begged his brother and successor, James 'Do not let poor Nelly starve.' James generously paid Nell's debts and gave her an allowance, but it was not for long. After Nell’s death she became something of a legend, as a good-natured charmer, and an ordinary girl from the slums who was probably the only mistress of King Charles who truly loved him (Abbott). He is known as the Merry Monarch in reference to both the liveliness and hedonism of his court as well as the relief to return to normality after ten years of puritan rule (Jokinen). Charles II was definitely a lady’s man considering he had no children with his wife, Catherine. Charles II made changes in England that affected the entire world so to speak. Charles created a council of five men who were to be his ministers and a liaison with Parliament (Abbott). They were members of Parliament and the beginning of what would eventually become the cabinet of parliamentary government – that portion of the government that would perform government functions in the place of the monarch (Abbott). Charles was extremely tolerant of those who had condemned his father to death (Jokinen). He was also tolerant in religious
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