History of Britain

17th Century AD


Date

Event

General Events

Lady Jane is embraced by Mad Tom of clan Malkavian while staying in an assylum in England.

1603

James I (King James VI of Scotland) inherits the throne of England.  Population of London over 200,000

1604

James I of England restores Recussancy Acts, with more persecution and the expulsion of priests. Pope Clement VIII requests that English Catholics refrain from rebellion.

1605

Unsuccessful Gunpowder Plot to blow up Houses of Parliament; many Kindred claim that Clan Tremere was behind it

1606

King James I of England charters the London and Plymouth companies

1607

Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America is founded.

1614

Pocahontas marries John Rolfe.

1616

William Shakespeare dies.

1624

London Company (a company colonising America) is disolved due to trouble in Jamestown.

1628

Charles I of England signs the Petition of Right promising not to collect forced loans or levy taxes without Parliaments consent. (However, he ignores most of the Petition of Right.)

1629

Edict of Restitution allows the Roman Catholic church to recover property siezed by Protestants.

1632

Locke, John (1632-1704), English philosopher, who founded the school of empiricism is born.

1635

Anne Bowesley is born.

1640

Charles I of England calls the Parliament again after years of not having it. So begins the "Long Parliament"

1642

English Civil war begins.

1645

Oliver Cromwell reorganises Parliaments armies and (eventaully) captures Charles I.

1649

Charles I (1625-49) beheaded outside the Banqueting House on Whitehall in London

1653

Cromwell disolves Parliament and takes the title of "Lord Protector" to rule as a dictator

1654

English chemist Robert Boyle helps found the Philosophical College (which later became the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge).

1658

Oliver Cromwell (Lord Protector) dies

1660

Charles II (1649 - 85) restored to the throne (the Restoration) after exile in Europe; the king agrees to respect the Magna Carta and Petition of Rights

1665

The Great Plague in London; deaths probably reach 100,000 (official figure for one week alone was 8,297)

1666

The Great Fire in London burns for three days; 89 churches, 13,200 houses destroyed over an area of 400 streets

1673

The Test Act is passed, allowing only members of the Anglican Church to hold public office. Leeuwenhoeck publishes his first article in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London

1675

Sir Christopher Wren (1632 - 1723) begins work on the new St. Paul's Cathedral

1679

England passes the Habeas Corpus act guaranteeing people protection from arbitrary arrest.

1685

James II inherits the throne of England, and passes laws to grant rights to Catholics and dissolves many anti-Irish laws.

1687

Sir Isaac Newton publishes "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica"

1688

England's "Glorious Revolution". James II flees to Ireland. William and Mary become joint rulers of England; Lady Anne Bowesley is embraced by Valerius of clan Ventrue

1689

The Bill of Rights is passed in England. James II leads and fails a rebellion in Ireland. King William's War between the British and the French in North America begins.

1693

The Treaty of Durham is signed by the Ventrue and the Toreadors.

1694

The Bank of London founded

1697

King William's War ends.

1698

Whitehall Palace, in London,  destroyed by fire


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