Kenneth Fincham is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Kent and specialises in religion and politics in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Britain. His new project is a study of ‘Revolution and the Creation of Anglicanism, c.1620-c.1750.
In 1660 King Charles II returned to the throne from exile and over the next two years he oversaw a religious settlement in his three kingdoms of England, Ireland and Scotland. Many yearned for the order and stability of the years before the Civil War. In point of fact, Charles imposed religious change on his three kingdoms which provoked controversy and instability, with winners and losers, creating divisions which would last for centuries.