Restoration Literature. Lecture One: Introduction. Time of Enormous Change. two revolutions, a religious revolt great strides in learning. Great Writers Flourish. Milton Pope Dryden Swift Behn. Where Does the Term “Restoration” Come from?.
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Cavaliers - nickname for the Royalist side
“Cavalier poetry” by Lovelace and Suckling among others
Cavaliers are seen as brave, graceful and witty
Roundheads - nickname of the Puritans
Seen as dull, boring and religious
Remember, they ultimately “lost” the battle, so our view is colored.
Contemporary engraving of the execution of Charles I. He is already being seen as a martyr.
Rupert Everett as Charles I in To Kill a King. Cromwell was played by Tim Roth.