This is my favorite thing about the British monarchy:
Charles the Second, the Restoration King, was an absolute loon in mostly good and productive ways. He saw England not only through the restoration of the monarchy, but through the Great Plague and Great Fire of the 1660s. He was the patron of Christopher Wren, he established the Royal Observatory and supported the Royal Society. He was not completely fantastic—he was fine with the slave trade, for example—but when it came to decorum, he did not really care. He was an open philanderer, and his proclivities are directly responsible for rebuilding the gentry class of England after Cromwell’s puritanical revolution.
He was once told by a courtier, “You are the father of our country!” to which he responded, “Not yet, but I am trying.” Fascinatingly, he is a direct patrilineal ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales, which means that when William, son of Charles and Diana, becomes King of England, the Stuart bloodline will re-enter the monarchy in Great Britain.
I recognize this is a little bit of trivia, but I think it proves a point you didn’t know I was trying to make: history is interesting. This coming Eastertide, we’ll be doing the early days of The Church a little differently. This Sunday, we’ll be jumping ahead to around 355 CE and looking at what the Church was like, what the world was like, and how it challenges and influences us today. Then the week after that, to 680 CE. And we’ll keep jumping 325 years to see how where we were influences where we are, and where we are going as the faithful community in-breaking the Reign of God.
It’ll be something. I look forward to seeing you Sunday.