charles ii

Systema Horti - culturae or The art of gardening by John Worlidge published 1677

‘Systema Horti-culturae’ is a major text for the relation of English gardening to horticulture and the economy of country estates. Worlidge is much concerned with the English climate, soil, and conditions in his discussions of estate management. But he also pays serious attention to garden design – advising on grottoes, statues, walks, arbours, and so forth – and urges both the large landowner and 'the honest and plain Countryman’ to improve 'his Ville’. 

this copy is showing its age and is somewhat worn - well used for 336 years - published during the reign of King Charles II


Women in History | The Remarkable Mistresses of Charles II

Certainly, the Restoration period was optimistic, vigorous, exciting. But apart from lovely dresses, did things get better for women? Of course, history doesn’t work in straight lines, and the answer is yes… and no. The potential rewards for being one of Charles II’s “harlots” were considerable. You could win enormous political influence, a dukedom for your children, financial security. You might even, like Barbara Villiers, end up with Hampton Court Palace as a retirement home. She was powerful enough to depose a government minister like the Earl of Clarendon, and self-confident enough to be unfaithful even to the king. It’s fun to imagine the tables being turned on Charles II, so well known for cutting a swath through the beauties of his court and consuming women like a combine harvester. And yet, he deserves some feminist credit. This king who loved women also respected them. For the first time, we find his female favourites becoming companions and advisers as well as playmates. (x)


this day in horrible history 

↳ 29 May 1660 AD ‘Oak Apple Day’ - Restoration of the monarchy in England. From Pepys diary “Parliament had ordered the 29th May, the King’s birthday, to be for ever kept as a day of thanksgiving for our redemption from tyranny and the King’s return to his Government, he entering London that day.”

How can you say you love one person when there are ten thousand people in the world that you would love more if you ever met them? But you’ll never meet them. All right, so we do the best we can. Granted. But we must still realize that love is just the result of a chance encounter.
—  Charles Bukowski