Charles II by Sir Peter Lely

George Frideric Handel was a popular composer during this era in England. He composed this piece, "Water Music," in 1717 and premiered it in a concert for King George I on the River Thames. From the Internet Archive's Community Audio.

Essential Questions

  • How did early dictionaries contribute toward the development of the English language?
  • How did the English Civil War and the Restoration of the Monarchy impact literature?
  • How did the rise of literacy and the rise of the middle class impact literature?
  • How did lyric poetry and the novel develop as forms?

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