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He was known as the ‘Merry Monarch’ because he spent most of his time enjoying himself. Charles II was the third Stuart King of England and reigned until his death on February 6, 1685.
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- Charles II was born on May 29, 1630.
- Charles II was the third Stuart King of England.
- He was the son of King Charles I and Henrietta Maria from France.
- Charles II’s father was beheaded in 1649.
- Charles I was the only English monarch to be executed by his own people.
- Oliver Cromwell took charge of the country when Charles I died. He banned dancing, theatres, pubs, gambling, maypoles and even Christmas.
- Charles II fought for the throne but was defeated by Cromwell in 1651, and fled to Europe.
- In 1644, Cromwell enforced an Act of Parliament banning Christmas celebrations.
- Oliver Cromwell was a Puritan and Puritans regarded Christmas as a wasteful festival.
- All activities including attending mass were banned but many people continued to celebrate Christmas in secret.
- Cromwell ordered inns and playhouses be shut down.
- Most sports were banned and those caught swearing would receive a fine.
- Women had to wear a long black dress, a white apron, a white headdress and no makeup.
- The men had an equally sober appearance, dressed head-to-toe in black and sporting short hair.
- In the first half of the 17th century, Christmas was an important religious festival where English people had traditional past times.
- December 25 was a public holiday during that time where all places of work closed and people attended special church services.
- During the twelve days of Christmas, buildings were decorated with rosemary, holly and ivy, and families attended Christmas Day mass.
- There was also non-stop dancing, singing, drinking, exchanging of gifts and stage plays.
- There were also feasts of roast beef, plum porridge, minced pies and special ale.
- Daily celebrations often led to drunkenness, promiscuity, gambling and other forms of excess that the Puritans didn’t like.
- Puritans proposed a stricter observance of Sundays along with banning the immoral celebration of Christmas and a day of fasting and prayer was enforced.
- Oliver Cromwell died in 1658 and Charles II returned to London on his 30th birthday.
- Charles II was finally crowned as King of Scotland in Scone on
- 1 January, 1661, and as King of England on 23 April at
- Westminster Abbey.
- He married Catherine of Braganza, a Portuguese princess, in 1662.
- His wife introduced tea drinking to England.
- The couple never had children and the King wasn’t a faithful husband.
- He had many affairs and had more than 12 illegitimate children.
- Charles II brought peace to the people of England. Christmas was celebrated again and theatres were reopened.
- People were once again allowed to mark the Twelve Days of Christmas.
- Old traditions were revived and Christmas was celebrated throughout the country as both a religious and secular festival.
- Charles II died on February 6, 1685, at the age of 54.
- Since he had no legitimate children, he was succeeded by his younger brother James, who became King James II.
Charles II Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Charles II Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Charles II who was the third Stuart King of England and reigned until his death on February 6, 1685.
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- Charles II Facts
- Who is Charles II?
- The Good and Bad
- Art & Style
- Story Summary
- Compare & Contrast
- Oliver Cromwell
- Antonym & Synonym
- Christmas Celebration
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