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Royal charles ruler and rake

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ROYAL CHARLESRULER AND RAKEKEY TO THE ENDPAPERS1 St. Pauls.2 White Hall8 Suffolk House.4 Yorke Mouse.5 Savoy.6 Somerset House.7 Arundell House.8 St. Clemens,9 St. Dunstanc,10 The Temple.11 St. Brides.12 St. Andrew,13 Baynards Castle,14 The Water House,15 St. Pulchers,10 puccrn Hythc.17 The Three Cranes.18 The Stillyards.li Bow Church.20 Cool Harbour.21 Guild Hall22 St, Michaels23 The Old Swan.24 Fishmongers Hall.25 Si. Lorentv Poultney.20 The Bridge,27 Gray Church.28 St, Dunstaii in the East.29 Belinsgate,80 The Custom House.31 The Tower.32 Tower Wharfe.83 St. Catherins.34 St. Olaffe.35 St. Marie Overis.36 The Clink Prison.37 Winchester House38 The Globe.39 The Bear Garden.40 The Swan.41 Gaily Fuste.42 Ell Ships,43 Hamsted.44 Hygate.45 Hackney.Charles II at 54The best that ever reigned over us.ROYAL CHARLESRULER AND RAKEBYDAVID LOTH3 Amen Corner. London, B.C.4Thanks for invaluable assistance in gathering the material for this book are herebyrendered to Emily Hahn, whose talents forresearch have been displayed in her ownwork on a collateral subject.Permission to reproduce the Houdon bustof Charles II in the frontispiece is due to thecourtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum the portraits of Charles II, Catherineof Braganza., Henrietta Maria, Nell Gwyn,Moll tyavhy Barbara Palmer, the Duchess ofPortsmouth and Prince Charles with hisbrothers and sisters are from the NationalPortrait Gallery the end papers and theline cuts are from prints in the BritishMuseum.IllustrationsLondon before the Great FireLONDON was making merry with an enthusiasm unknown for a generation Bonfires blazed in the narrowstreets between the carved oaken housefronts. The flamesdanced in miniature from every gleaming square of window pane, flickering redly upon the crowds that sweatedand drank and shouted amidst the smoke. Above the roarof song and laughter the bells of Londons hundredchurches rang discordantly and the guns of the Towerthundered pompously. There was so much noise that itpenetrated far beyond the walls and liberties of London,gathered force from the smaller but equally vociferousthrongs of Westminster and rolled echoing across theThames. It could even be heard faintly at St. Jamess, thegoodly manor house which Henry VIII had built a centuryago for Anne Boleyn.i Here, on this twentyninth of May, 1630, England hadbeen given a Prince of Wales. A real English Prince, thepeople were crying joyfully. For to them it was enoughthat he was born on English soil Englishmen on this day ofthanksgiving were not inclined to quibble because he cameof a ScotDanish father and a FrancoItalian mother. Theyonly rejoiced that when it pleased God to call His GraciousMajesty Charles the First to his Scottish forefathers,England would be ruled once more by a man who hadlearned in his cradle to love the land. The Englishman of1630 was easily sentimental about the land, and scornedto conceal the kindly weakness under an affectation ofpolite frigidity. The Elizabethan tradition was still strong,and when he had emotions he displayed them boldly tothe world.



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