Why study the seventeenth century?

What was it like to live through the apocalypse? What was it like to believe that you were witnessing the end of the world? And then to survive and discover the new world was not what you expected but was a restoration of the old? 1649 saw the execution of King Charles I, an unparalleled event in English history. But the period is not just marked by remarkable political upheaval but by religious conflict and scientific advances. No wonder that many saw this time as being the End Times foretold in the Bible: but the era also produced it’s own secular apocalyptic visions which were in some ways intensified following the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.

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