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Tells the story of how Charles II, from his inauspicious accession, triumphed as a king and conducted his daily life - the fabric of monarchy he so successfully recreated. This book argues that he combined natural charm and charisma with a belief in the theatre of majesty reclaiming the grandeur to which English monarchy owes its survival.
Anna Keay is Properties Presentation Director at English Heritage, responsible for the display and curation of its 409 historic properties. In 2005 she co-presented The Buildings That Made Britain for Channel 5 and is a regular contributor to BBC coverage of royal occasions. Educated at Bedales School, Magdalen College, Oxford and the University of London, she was Assistant Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces for seven years, during which time she worked extensively on the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and the Banqueting House, Whitehall. She is author of the official guidebook to the Crown Jewels and The Elizabethan Tower of London (2001).