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The Glorious Revolution: 1688-Britain's Fight for Liberty [Hardcover]

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Records the events surrounding the expulsion of the Catholic James II from the throne of England by William of Orange and his wife Mary, who were crowned joint monarchs to rule alongside Parliament.

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Heeding the call of England’s ruling class, the Dutch Prince William ofOrange landed with a massive invasion force and within six weeksexpelled the Catholic King James II in 1688. In what was largelyheralded as a bloodless revolution, William and his English wife Mary,James II’s Protestant daughter, were crowned joint monarchs, acceptingthe Declaration of Rights that affirmed Parliament’s ancient rights. Itwas a turning point in Britain’s march toward universal suffrage andliberties. But as acclaimed historian Edward Vallance reveals, theGlorious Revolution was characterized by warfare and bloody massacre(especially for Catholics and Irishmen), affected the rights of thecommon man in ways traditional histories have ignored, and engaged theBritish populace in the affairs of government as never before. Athriller-paced book—rich in seventeenth-century first-person accounts ofthe bloodshed and political machinations of the period—that turns everydebate about this great historical event on its head.

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Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2007
Publisher   Pegasus Books
ISBN  1933648244  
ISBN13  9781933648248  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Edward Vallance is a Lecturer in Early Modern British History at the University of Liverpool

Edward Vallance was born in 1975 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Roehampton University, UK.

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A detailed, but highly readable account  Feb 9, 2007
A detailed account of William of Orange's seizure of the British throne in 1688. Vallance also explains the preceding political context, which caused many Britons to welcome a Protestant Dutchman (William III) over a Catholic Englishman (James II), and covers the subsequent British politics as William consolidated power.

The narrative is centered on William's Dutch invasion of England in 1688, but Vallance also covers preceding events, such as the 1685 Protestant insurrection of the Duke of Monmouth (and the infamous "bloody assizes" that followed) and subsequent events, such as the fighting in Ireland culminating in the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

These events were set in a European context where it was widely assumed that a state had a right and even an obligation to maintain religious "correctness" and to suppress false religious ideas. Thus for both Protestants and Catholics the stakes were very high. Their faith could easily be suppressed and they themselves exiled or killed. To modern eyes the degree to which leading politicians on both sides opposed simple tolerance is staggering. In fact, Vallance argues that both James II and William III were much more interested in reasonable tolerance than their leading followers were willing to accept.

Even within the Protestant camp, the political battles between Whigs and Tories were extremely vituperative. The Tories were hamstrung by a reluctance to overtly break their oaths of loyalty to James II. The Whigs exploited this by demanding unnecessarily explicit wording in loyalty to William.

This is a highly readable account of a very complex topic. The final sections of the book can sometimes be a little slow moving, with many details of English politics after William takes the throne, but the opening and middle are strong and compelling.

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