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Karl II. von England

Geburtstag: 29. Mai 1630
Todesdatum: 6. Februar 1685

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Karl II. war König von England, Schottland und Irland .

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Zitate Karl II. von England

„Ach, arme Frau. Sie bittet um meine Vergebung. Ich bitte um ihre von ganzem Herzen.“

—  Karl II. von England
Letzte Worte zu seiner Frau Katharina Henrietta über ihren letzten Brief an ihn, ihr zu vergeben falls sie ihn in ihrem Lebens beleidigt haben sollte, am 6. Februar 1685

„Rate ihr, ihretwegen und meinetwegen, dass sie sich aus Den Haag fort begibt, denn ihr Bleiben ist sehr nachteilig für uns beide.“

—  Karl II. von England
aus einem Brief von Karl II. an seinen Vertrauten Lord Theobald Taafe im Mai 1655. Er bittet hier um Entfernung seiner Mätresse Lucy Walter aus der Stadt Den Haag.

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„Lass die arme Nelly nicht verhungern.“

—  Karl II. von England
Letzte Worte zu seinem Bruder Jakob II. von England über seine Mätresse Nell Gwyn, 6. Februar 1685

„I asked the smith what news? He told me that there was no news that he knew of, since the good news of the beating of the rogues the Scots.“

—  Charles II of England
Context: Mrs. Lane and I took our journey towards Bristol, resolving to lie at a place called Long Marson, in the vale of Esham. But we had not gone two hours on our way but the mare I rode on cast a shoe; so we were forced to ride to get another shoe at a scattering village, whose name begins with something like Long—. And as I was holding my horse's foot, I asked the smith what news? He told me that there was no news that he knew of, since the good news of the beating of the rogues the Scots. I asked him whether there was none of the English taken that joined with the Scots? He answered, that he did not hear that that rogue Charles Stewart was taken; but some of the others, he said, were taken, but not Charles Stewart. I told him, that if that rogue were taken he deserved to be hanged, more than all the rest, for bringing in the Scots. Upon which he said, that I spoke like an honest man, and so we parted. As quoted by Philibert de Gramont (1701), in Memoirs of the Court of Charles the Second (1846) by Anthony Hamilton, edited by Sir Walter Scott.

„I told him, that if that rogue were taken he deserved to be hanged, more than all the rest, for bringing in the Scots. Upon which he said, that I spoke like an honest man, and so we parted.“

—  Charles II of England
Context: Mrs. Lane and I took our journey towards Bristol, resolving to lie at a place called Long Marson, in the vale of Esham. But we had not gone two hours on our way but the mare I rode on cast a shoe; so we were forced to ride to get another shoe at a scattering village, whose name begins with something like Long—. And as I was holding my horse's foot, I asked the smith what news? He told me that there was no news that he knew of, since the good news of the beating of the rogues the Scots. I asked him whether there was none of the English taken that joined with the Scots? He answered, that he did not hear that that rogue Charles Stewart was taken; but some of the others, he said, were taken, but not Charles Stewart. I told him, that if that rogue were taken he deserved to be hanged, more than all the rest, for bringing in the Scots. Upon which he said, that I spoke like an honest man, and so we parted. As quoted by Philibert de Gramont (1701), in Memoirs of the Court of Charles the Second (1846) by Anthony Hamilton, edited by Sir Walter Scott.

„Let not poor Nelly starve.“

—  Charles II of England
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

„He had been, he said, an unconscionable time dying; but he hoped that they would excuse it.“

—  Charles II of England
As quoted in A History of England (1849) by Thomas Babington Macaulay, Vol. I, Ch. 4, p. 437

„If we are understood, more words are unnecessary; if we are not likely to be understood, they are useless.“

—  Charles II of England
To the Earl of Manchester, as quoted in the notes to Hudibras (1674), Part 1, Canto 1, by Samuel Butler, edited by Henry George Bohn, (1859)

„Better than a play!“

—  Charles II of England
On the House of Lords' debate on Lord Ross's Divorce Bill (1610), as quoted in King Charles the Second (1931) by Arthur Bryant

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