Playing cards 1679
Men and women of late 17th-century England lived in the shadow of the British Civil wars . During the frequent periods of political crisis under the later Stuarts some people feared a return to the bad old days. If you want to read more about that Andrew Lacey's The Cult of King Charles the Martyr is a good place to start. It's interesting to note that preoccupations with the civil wars translated themselves into the production of material goods like these playing cards of 1679. There's a lot more to say on this fascinating subject but it's been a long day and my dinner's burning under the grill. I'd love to hear if anyone has anything to add.