Anna Keay

The Maid Who Restored the Monarchy

In 1659 the restoration of the exiled Charles II seemed impossible. It might not have occurred at all but for the forgotten intervention of a blacksmith’s daughter. 

The Shadow of a King? Charles II in Exile

Charles II was the only king of England for two hundred years to survive exile and return to power. Anna Keay considers how he kept up his regal appearances whilst in exile, paving the way for his return to the throne.

Toyes and Trifles

Anna Keay describes how the Crown Jewels were dispersed and destroyed in 1649, and then reconstructed in 1661.