Reluctant Revolutionaries: Englishmen and the Revolution of 1688

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Oxford University Press, 1988 - History - 267 pages
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In 1688 the Catholic James II was removed from the throne and replaced by the Protestant monarchs William III and Mary. The importance of this "glorious revolution," long seen as a crucial shift in Britain from absolutism to constitutional monarchy, has recently been questioned by historians. This wide-ranging book takes a fresh look at the people and events of 1688. Challenging recent work and arguing that 1688 did see a decisive, though not inevitable, movement toward mixed, constitutional monarchy, Speck provides a vivid picture of politics and society in the Glorious Revolution. He explores the nature of the late Stuart monarchy, and its likely development without the "accident" of James II; the personality of James himself, and the significance of his flight; the nature of the conspiracy to invite William of Orange to England and place him on the throne; and the Revolution's constitutional importance and long-term social and religious implications.

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Tony Claydon is Senior Lecturer in History at the School of History and Welsh History, University of Bangor W. A. Speck was Professor of History at the University of Leeds

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