Charles II of England

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I'm defintely the best king in England at the moment.

King Charles II of England (29 May 16306 February 1685) was the King of England, Scotland, and Ireland.


  • Better than a play!
    • On the House of Lords' debate on Lord Ross's Divorce Bill (1610), as quoted in King Charles the Second (1931) by Arthur Bryant
  • He had been, he said, an unconscionable time dying; but he hoped that they would excuse it.
  • Let not poor Nelly starve.
    • On his deathbed, asking that his favourite mistress, Nell Gwynne, be looked after, as quoted in History of My Own Time (1734), by Gilbert Burnet, vol.II, bk.iii, ch.17

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  • If his Majesty is resolved to have my head, he may make a whistle of my arse if he pleases.
  • We have a pretty witty king,
    Whose word no man relies on;
    He never said a foolish thing,
    Nor ever did a wise one.
    • John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, as quoted in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine Vol. XLIV (January - June 1857) p. 592; It is said to that this was written on the door of Charles II's bedchamber, and that on seeing it, the king replied, "This is very true: for my words are my own, and my actions are my ministers'...."

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