Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon (1609-1674) was Lord High Chancellor to Charles II, who was one of England's most colourful and profligate kings. Clarendon was dismissed both as a result of Charles's general neglect of national affairs and because of a court conspiracy against him. The break between the two men took place on 30 August 1667. In this picture, Clarendon is seen leaving the King's palace at Whitehall. The back of Charles can be seen in the distance. Members of the court look on, rejoicing in Clarendon's fall.
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