Paper talk: a newspaper’s take on the Restoration

Andrew Green is producer of a Radio 4 Random Edition programme on the Restoration. Here he explains how a newspaper, published in 1660, informed its readers of the imminent return of the future king from exile

The white cliffs of Dover. (Photo by Don Klumpp via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the April 2010 issue of BBC History Magazine

Restoration 1660

Archive newspapers allow us to sniff history in a unique way. The sense of immediacy they invariably convey allows us to fully grasp that events in the ever-receding past actually happened.

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