The Stuart era saw some of the most tumultuous times for the royal family. In 1649 Charles I was executed as a result of the English Civil War, temporarily abolishing the notion of a monarch.
However in 1660 his son Charles II was welcomed back with open arms, and restored as the King of England.
It was also during the Stuart period that ‘Stuart England’ became ‘Stuart Great Britain’ when the act of union between England and Scotland was passed under Queen Anne.
Christmas in Stuart times lasted a full 12 days and was enjoyed by rich and poor alike. At the royal court it lasted even longer. It began officially on 1 November and ended on 2 February!
Pepys and the Royal Society
Did you know that Samuel Pepys became president of the Royal Society - despite very limited scientific knowledge! How did his love of fish almost stop the publication of Isaac Newton's world-changing Principia Mathematica?
Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution - plague (tile)
Bubonic plague terrorised Europe for centuries. In 1665 a devastating epidemic struck this country killing thousands of people.
Louise De Keroualle was a key component in the race to find longitude.
Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution (tile)
After 11 years of Republican rule the monarchy was restored in May 1660.
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Discover the romantic marriage and brave life of the 'Winter Queen', daughter of James I, and hidden figure of British history
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?
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Queen Anne is often considered a forgotten queen of history, but 2019 film The Favourite reminds us of the power she held, and her strong connection to Greenwich and the Queen's House.
He was certainly mercurial and brilliant, and quite possibly lustful and in the grip of dark and foreign powers. King Charles II was however, one of the nation’s most interesting and beguiling rulers.
Anne of Denmark (slider)
Wife of James VI and I, Anne of Denmark comissioned the Queen's House and made it the cutting edge court that it was.