Charles II of England Thinks He is Superior to His Brother
Charles II of England, though hardly a brilliant ruler and certainly not a moral one, was popular with his subjects. The same could not be said about his brother and successor, James II, who was finally chased from the throne. Once, while Charles was still king, he expressed a wish to make an excursion through London unattended. His brother, then Duke of York, exclaimed that it would not be safe for the monarch to wander around without protection. “Depend upon it, brother,” retorted Charles, “no one would kill me to make you king!” (Encyclopedia of Illustrations #9469).