The Later Stuarts - A Glorious Restoration?

John Morrill argues that recent scholarship is re-shaping our view of the fortunes of monarchy and Parliament between 1660 and 1688.

The Restoration was the clear, firm settlement that failed; the Glorious Revolution the deeply ambiguous one that succeeded. The Restoration was predicated upon the Declaration issued by the Convention Parliament on May 8th, 1660:

... It can no way be doubted but that His Majesty's right and title to this Crown and Kingdom is and was every way completed by the death of his most royal father of blessed memory, without the ceremony or solemnity of a proclamation.

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