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Characteristics of The Restoration Age  Introduction The period from 1660 to 1700 is mentioned as the Restoration Age or the Age of Dryden because the monarchy was restored in England. In the year of 1660, Charles II was brought to the throne and the restoration of Charles II brought a new era both in life and in literature. The restoration actually replaced the power of the monarchy and puritan ethos. It brought the power of a Parliamentary system under the two parties – Whigs and Tories, and both parties encouraged social stability. Thus, the period from 1660 to 1700 has the most importance and it is called the Age of Restoration. W. J. Long remarks – The inevitable effect of excess is disease, and for almost an entire generation following the Restoration in 1660, England lay sick of a fever; its literature especially its drama, often seems more likely the delirium of illness than the expression of a healthy mind.  Characteristics of the Age 1) Social and Political Conflicts With t...