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OLLI Class: Tea and Revolution

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

to Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Broke and homeless, Charles II wandered the continent from court to court for nearly 10 years. Then in 1660, Cromwell's Commonwealth was overthrown and the British Monarchy restored. Charles made a spectacular and triumphant return to London. He was no longer homeless; however, he was still broke. Fortunately, his ministers were able to negotiate a highly advantageous marriage. Catherine of Braganza, Infanta of Portugal, brought to the marriage £500,000 in gold, three shiploads of porcelains, spices, silks and other treasures, including land and lucrative worldwide trading privileges. Catherine also brought a commodity all but unknown to the English but of which she was a connoisseur—tea. Every afternoon the Queen and her ladies-in-waiting would assemble for tea and sweets and conversation. The practice soon spread to the rest of the court, to the aristocracy, the landed gentry, and by the late 18th century permeated all levels of British society replacing beer and ale as the beverage of choice. Join us to learn how tea and the new sobriety swept Britain and ushered in a period of innovation, invention, and discovery that brought about the Industrial Revolution and the American Revolution.

Image representing the OLLI Class: Tea and Revolution event in Bartlesville, OK
Location: Bartlesville Public Library
Where: 600 Johnstone Ave (meeting room C)
Bartlesville, OK 74
Phone: 800-765-8933
When: 1:00 pm. to 3:00 pm.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018