England, 1666. Plague sweeps the land. The king has been on the throne for six years. The country is at war with the Dutch. Isaac Newton sits in his mother’s garden and watches an apple fall. Samuel Pepys falls in love with an actress. The subversive preacher John Bunyan radicalises the inmates of Bedford Gaol. Lord Rochester begins a scandalous poetic career. And a fiery reckoning threatens to destroy everything.
In Restoration, Alexander Larman portrays a country in the throes of social, political and cultural change following the convulsions of civil war, the rule of Cromwell’s Protectorate and the Restoration of the monarchy. From bishops to brothel-keepers, from courtiers to coachmakers, from hawkers to haberdashers, and from poets to prostitutes, he investigates how the people of the time thought, ate, drank, loved and died, bringing alive in vivid detail the England of three hundred and fifty years ago.
Alexander Larman is an author and journalist. His most recent book, The Crown in Crisis (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2020) is a revelatory history of the abdication saga, using new and previously unknown material to tell the thrilling untold story of the political and legal machinations that led to Edward VIII’s renunciation of the throne.
His previous books include Byron’s Women (Head of Zeus, 2016), an ‘anti-biography’ of the famous poet that focused on nine of the key women in his life, Restoration (Head of Zeus, 2016), a social and narrative history of the year 1...
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