King Charles II was crowned at Westminster Abbey, 1661.WikiThere was a widely-held belief that British Cath­olics were actively plotting the overthrow of church and state, to establish Britain as a satellite state under the control of an all-powerful Catholic monarch.In the late 1670s, anxieties were raised by the succession issue. King Charles II (1630–85) had no legitimate…

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The renovated Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem staged a special exhibition in 2018-9: Frans Hals and the Moderns. Thank you to the Exhibition Catalogue and The French Life.In 1868 Frans Hals (1582-1666) was “rediscovered” by the influential French jour­nalist-art critic Théophile Thoré. Art critics had dis­re­garded Hals since he died in 1666. The Dutchman's inn­ovative painting style with…

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