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A drunken Robert Merivel accidentally cures one of the King’s spaniels and as a result becomes a court favourite. He is even given a fine home in Norfolk as a reward for taking care of one of Charles II’s other pets: his mistress. But after his spectacular fall from favour, it is his devout friend John Pearce—in every way his opposite—who brings him into a Quaker community and saves him from his excessive appetites. Or at least he tries to.
Restoration brilliantly realises the world of the 17th century, from the intellectual, dissolute court to the Fire of London; but it is also moving, funny and, in the character of Merivel, unique and unforgettable.
Restoration—a novel that brilliantly depicts the 17th century—was made into a successful film with Robert Downey Jr.
The music on this recording was taken from the NAXOS catalogue
MARAIS / SAINTE-COLOMBE The Greatest Masterworks
Spectre de la Rose
JENKINS All in a Garden Green
The Rose Consort of Viols
LAWES Consort Music for Viols, Lutes and Theorbos
Jacob Heringman; David Miller; Timothy Roberts; The Rose Consort of Viols
Music programming by Sarah Butcher
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