Charles II of England  

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Charles II (29 May 16306 February 1685) was a British king during The Restoration. He was popularly known as the "Merry Monarch" in reference to the liveliness and hedonism of his court.

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester wrote a famous teasing epigram on King Charles II:

We have a pretty witty king,
Whose word no man relies on;
He never said a foolish thing,
Nor ever did a wise one.

Charles is reputed to have replied:

"That is true; for my words are my own, but my actions are those of my ministers."'

He was played by John Malkovich in the 2004 film The Libertine.



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