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The favorite era for the {{Swashbuckler}}, this is the age in Europe when lusty musketeers dueled with each other and got sucked into intrigues involving dauphins, {{Corrupt Church}}men and [[TheVamp vampish]] courtesans. [[NiceHat Hats]] with [[FluffyFashionFeathers large feathers]] and boots were in fashion for men. Also the Golden Age of [[{{Pirate}} Piracy on the High Seas]], when [[DressedToPlunder eyepatched and peg-legged]] buccaneers buried stolen gold, brandished cutlasses, tied up buxom, bodice-wearing maidens and then forced them to watch as their hapless boyfriends walked the plank.

Somewhere in the middle, [[EnglishCivilWar England had a civil war]]. Dashing Cavaliers fought dour Puritans the length and breadth of England, and the son of the King hid in an oak tree. The Puritans won, and abolished Christmas, then the country abolished them. The surviving puritans left England and founded the United States, Charles II climbed back out of the oak tree, London burnt to the ground, women were allowed to be actors on stage and Newton invented gravity. Somebody named [[Literature/TheDiaryOfSamuelPepys Pepys kept a diary]].

Later still, King James II, believer in absolute monarchy was run out of Britain in a Glorious Revolution. Parliament's invitation of Stadtholder William III of Orange as the new King made it real clear who is really in charge of the island from now on as modern democracy takes its next step into fruition. Meanwhile, in the Bahamas, this is the best kind of news to the pirate, Film/CaptainBlood and his crew, who were enslaved by James II, as they accept the new king's commission to join the British Navy.

Back on mainland Europe the UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar was fought; France, Sweden, and Austria fighting over the HolyRomanEmpire, hastening its long, painful decline. East of Germany, rowdy Polish nobility alternates between fighting in perpetual wars against Sweden, Muscovy and Turkey, and generally making a mess around themselves.

Sometimes explicitly called the Age of Exploration, especially the more pirates are involved.

If you want to do the pirates thing on land, remember that after the Restoration in England was the heyday of TheHighwayman, so adventures featuring Dick Turpin and Claude Duval will be at about this time.
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!!Popular tropes from this time period are:
* TheHighwayman
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Richelieu spends more time in fiction than he did at Mass.
* {{Pirate}}
* PlayingCyrano
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen
* NiceHat
* PimpedOutDress
* EvilJesuit
* TheDungAges: 17th and 18th centuries had been the age when bathing was shunned by most European people, up to Kings. During the same age, the perfume industry flourished in France.
* RoyalRapier
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!!Works set in this time period are:

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* The French comic ''ComicBook/DeCapeEtDeCrocs'', which makes a good work in giving a feeling of being a piece of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baroque Baroque]] literature. Think of Creator/TerryGilliam's ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'', except [[UpToEleven wackier]].

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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. [[HollywoodHistory At least]] [[YouFailHistoryForever theoretically]].
* ''Film/Carry On, Dick'' (one of the ''Carry On'' series of farces) features Turpin, under the name [[DoubleEntendre "Big Dick"]], look ''I'' didn't make it up!
* ''The Dueling Cavalier'' (renamed ''The Dancing Cavalier'' when it was {{retool}}ed into a musical), the movie being made in ''Film/SinginInTheRain''.

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* ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe''
* ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers''
* ''Literature/TreasureIsland''
* Neal Stephenson's ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'' is set entirely in this period of time.
* ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' and its AlternateHistory novel, novella and short-story sequels.
* Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest''. An alternate history Cavalier Years, in a world where Creator/{{Shakespeare}} was the Great Historian, and so it coincides with the Industrial Revolution.
* The Literature/SienkiewiczTrilogy, set in the often-[[MemeticMutation forgotten]] Poland.
* ''ThePyrates'' is an AffectionateParody not only of pirate tropes (as the title suggests) but also some of the other staples of the period (i.e. Charles II and Pepys appear briefly as characters).
* The historical novel ''Henry Esmond'' involves the later part of the period. The protagonist's mother was a mistress to James II in her youth, and the plot involves [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Francis_Edward_Stuart James Stuart]], the "Old Pretender" (before he was old) and details a fictional moment of him getting within inches of reclaiming the throne.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}: The Cavalier Years''
** ''Series/{{Blackadder the Third}}'' is set during the regency, but manages to work in a Dick Turpin type highwayman.
* ''Series/HelpImATeenageOutlaw''
* ''Series/ByTheSwordDivided'': Specifically the EnglishCivilWar and the Commonwealth period.
* The {{BBC}} docu series ''[[Series/BBCHistoricalFarmSeries Tales from the Green Valley]]'', focusing on the life of an average peasant family at a grange in the Welsh-English borderland during the 1620s.

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* The entirety of the Empire in ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'' was designed around this period.
* ''All For One: Regime Diabolique'' is an RPG where you specifically play as a member of France's Musketeers, in a 1636 that is rather more [[MundaneFantastic supernatural]] than usual.
* ''GURPS Swashbucklers,'' written for the third edition of that game, focuses on musketeers, pirates and (to a lesser extent) highwaymen.
* ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea'' takes place in a setting heavily inspired by this era, with dashes of [[AnachronismStew Viking longboats, Celtic druids, Enlightenment philosophers and steampunk gizmos.]]

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac''

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* The ''VideoGame/EuropaUniversalis'' series.
* ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'': With Fire and Sword.
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