The Glorious Revolution

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  • Nicholas Seager (University of Keele)

Historical Context Essay

The Glorious Revolution was a coup d’état in which the Roman Catholic King James II of England (VII of Scotland) was deposed and replaced at Parliament’s instigation by his nephew and son-in-law, William of Orange, and his daughter Mary Stuart. The event is sometimes referred to as the “Bloodless Revolution”, even though it was a contributory cause of two European wars and the direct cause of two unsuccessful “Jacobite” rebellions which attempted to restore James’s heirs to the throne. In the long view, James II was the victim of the religious struggle in Britain between Catholicism and Protestantism which had persisted since the Reformation. The Glorious Revolution was also …

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Seager, Nicholas. "The Glorious Revolution". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 August 2005
[, accessed 25 November 2015.]

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  1. Religious Reform, Protestants, Dissenters