King of England; son and successor of Charles I.; born in London, May 29, 1630.
His mother was Henrietta
Charles ii. Maria, daughter of Henry IV.
of France, and sister of the then reigning King of that realm.
As the fortunes of his father waned, his mother returned to France, where the son joined her; and, at the Hague, he heard of the death of his parent by the axe, when he assumed the title of King, and was proclaimed such at Edinburgh, Feb. 3, 1649.
He was crowned at Scone, Scotland, Jan. 1, 1651.
After an unsuccessful warfare with Cromwell for the throne, he fled to Paris; and finally he became a resident of Breda, in Belgium, whence he was called to England by a vote of Parliament, and restored to the
Signature of Charles ii. throne, May 8, 1660.
He was a very profligate monarch—indolent, amiable, and unscrupulous.
He misgoverned England twenty-five years in an arbitrary manner, and disgraced the nation.
He became a Roman Catholic, although professing to be