Stuarts

From uniting the kingdoms and the English Civil War, to the hedonism of the 'Merry Monarch' Charles II's court, join us as we delve into the lives and loves of the Stuart monarchs of the 16th and 17th centuries, and examine their impact on British society.

Next time you reach for a painkiller, be grateful you weren't relying on Stuart medical treatments.

Get some 17th-century fashion tips - but don't laugh or the make up might crack...

Members of the Royal family have been drawn to Greenwich as far back as the late middle ages, with the area being the site of numerous royal births, marriages and deaths.

Greenwich Hospital was founded on the belief that England should look after her injured and aged sailors.

When the last Tudor ruler, Elizabeth I, died without leaving children to rule after her, the Stuart family took over.

Bubonic plague terrorised Europe for centuries. In 1665 a devastating epidemic struck this country killing thousands of people.

After 11 years of Republican rule the monarchy was restored in May 1660.

The Great Fire of London burned day and night for almost four days in 1666 until only a tiny fraction of the City remained. It came hot on the heels of the Great Plague and left the world's third largest city of the time a shadow of its former self. Was this God's judgment on wicked King Charles II?

Mercurial and brilliant certainly but lustful and in the grip of dark and foreign powers, quite possibly, King Charles II was without a doubt one of the nation’s most interesting and beguiling rulers.

Naval reformer, citizen scientist, serious player on the national stage, MP and prisoner of the Tower of London – Samuel Pepys was all these but it is his candid diary that has ensured he remains a household name centuries after his death.

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