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Act of Indemnity and Oblivion

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Restorations after long exiles usually disappoint the loyalists since there are so many claims to be rewarded. In the declaration of Breda, Charles II had promised a general amnesty and the Act of 12 Car. II c. 11 put it into effect, ‘to bury all seeds of future discords’. But the many changes in landownership which had taken place during the Commonwealth were ignored, leading royalists who had suffered severely to jeer that it was indemnity for enemies, oblivion for friends.

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