Loyalty, Disloyalty, and the Coronation of Charles II
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The coronation of Charles II in 1661 was a remarkable spectacle and, as historians have shown, elicited an extraordinary outpouring of loyalty to the new king across the Stuart realms. Not everyone shared this enthusiasm, however. This chapter offers an overview of evidence of hostility to the celebrations and seeks to identify the origins of such sentiment. While, in many cases, dissent connotes the ‘disloyalty’ which was ascribed to it by the new regime, this was clearly not always an accurate interpretation. To be sure, as the reign of Charles II unfolded, there was increasing potential for expressions of alienation from the political and religious settlements to be construed as sedition.