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  •  Naaah, I'm just showing off (2+ / 0-)
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    arendt, isabelle hayes

    The whole Restoration situation was a lot more complicated than your thumbnail sketch - the British monarchy has continued to this day, but not under the old rules. Good Time Charlie was the first to have to accept hard limits to his power - and he was real snarky about it, as witness the famous exchange:

    Snarky Restoration wit, giving a mock epitaph:
    Here lies our sovereign lord the King,
    Whose word no man relies on.
    He never said a foolish thing,
    nor ever did a wise one.

    Charles II: That is very true, for my words are my own and my actions are my ministers'.

    Probably a more comparable scenario was the attempt to re-establish the "Ancien Regime" in Europe at the end of the Napoleonic Era - the Congress of Vienna made a major, and ultimately futile, attempt to set the clock back in every possible way. It was later said of them that they had "learned nothing and forgotten nothing."

    If it's
    Not your body,
    Then it's
    Not your choice
    And it's
    None of your damn business!

    by TheOtherMaven on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:48:48 AM PST

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