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DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405156691.2011.00002.x


1660 Restoration of King Charles II after 11 years of Interregnum. Theaters reopened. Dryden, Astraea Redux . Samuel Pepys begins his diary. Probable date of Defoe's birth. 1661 Corporation Act aimed at weakening influence of Nonconformists in local government. Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea, born. 1662 Charles II marries Catherine of Braganza. Samuel Butler, Hudibras , part 1. Revised Book of Common Prayer sets out liturgy of Church of England. Act of Uniformity requires clergymen to conform to or leave the Church of England. First charter of the Royal Society. Licensing Act passed. 1663 Butler, Hudibras , part 2. 1664 Conventicle Act against Nonconformist meetings. Dryden, The Rival Ladies . Vanbrugh born. Prior born. 1665 The Great Plague. Second Anglo-Dutch War, over trade and territory, begins. Royal Society begins publishing Philosophical Transactions . 1666 Great Fire destroys central London. 1667 Dutch burn British fleet at Chatham docks. War with the Dutch ends. Dryden, Annus Mirabilis . Milton, Paradise Lost (10-book version). Thomas Sprat, History of the Royal Society . Abraham Cowley dies. Swift born. Arbuthnot born. 1668 Triple Alliance (England, Holland, Sweden) against France. Dryden made Poet Laureate. Dryden, Of Dramatick Poesie . Etherege, She Wou'd if she Cou'd . 1669 Dryden, The Wild Gallant published (first performed 1663). Pepys stops writing ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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