Restoration literature

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The English monarchy was restored when Charles II of England (above) became king in 1660.

Restoration literature is the English books written during the historical period commonly referred to as the English Restoration (1660–1689). This time matches up to the last years of Stuart rule in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.

In general, the word is used to represent almost the same styles of literature that centre on a celebration of or reaction to the restored court of Charles II.

The Restoration was an age of poetry. This genre was the most important form of literature at that time.

Prose in the Restoration period is ruled-over by Christian religious writing. However, in later periods two other genres would be more important: fiction and journalism.

Some books published during this period[change | change source]