Following the positive feedback on my first Research assignment I have been looking at starting the second one, due for the 4th of March. I have broadened my historical knowledge of the times that Henry Purcell lived in. Yesterday I listened to a programme on the Restoration of the Stuarts written by Sir Huw Wheldon and J.H. Plumb. Charles II was a great patron of the arts. His reign saw the re-opening of theatres, race courses and the commissioning of artists of all kinds. He also enabled the foundation of The Royal Society. Other great men of Purcell's time included Pepys, Newton and Wren.