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Glorious Revolution

Glorious Revolution

The Glorious Revolution of 1688-1689 replaced the reigning king, James II. With the joint monarchy of his protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William of Orange.

Glorious Revolution

Glorious Revolution, also called Revolution of 1688, or Bloodless Revolution. In English history, the events of 1688–89 that resulted in the deposition of James II and the accession of his daughter Mary II and her husband, William III, prince of Orange and stadholder of the Netherlands.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Glorious Revolution ultimately established the supremacy of parliament over the British monarchy, but how did the deep-seated fear of 'popery' precipitate the events leading up to it?

Glorious Revolution

After the accession of James II, in 1685, his overt Roman Catholicism alienated the majority of the population. In 1687 he issued a Declaration of Indulgence, suspending the penal laws against dissenters and recusants.

Glorious Revolution

In April 1688 ordered that a second Declaration of Indulgence be read from every pulpit on two successive Sundays. William Sancroft, the archbishop of Canterbury, and six other bishops petitioned him against this and were prosecuted for seditious libel.

Glorious Revolution

Their acquittal almost coincided with the birth of a son to James’s Roman Catholic queen, Mary of Modena (June).