Reign of Queen Anne

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  • Nicholas Seager (Keele University)

Historical Context Essay

Queen Anne's reign represented a short-lived return to Stuart rule in Britain, and a transitional period between the rule of the House of Orange and that of the House of Hanover. This was because she succeeded her heirless brother-in-law King William III in 1702, but died childless herself in 1714, after it had been decreed that the throne would go to the Elector of Hanover (later King George I) if Anne died without issue. Anne was pregnant many times, but outlived all of her children. Generally, she was sympathetic to the High Church Tories, themselves distrustful of …

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Citation:
Seager, Nicholas. "Reign of Queen Anne". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 February 2006
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