The Glorious Revolution

The Glorious Revolution, occurring in 1688, was deemed glorious because there was very little bloodshed involved in the revolution; there might have been fifteen deaths in all.  This revolution came about in England because the English citizens were not happy with their king, King James II.  It appeared that James wanted to convert the country to Catholicism and in the past Catholicism rulers often were very greedy with their power.  It was thought that absolutism and Catholicism went hand in hand.  The people were content with their religion and freedom and did not want more religious and political conflict.

After three years of being on the throne, from 1685 to 1688, James fled to France fearing what might happen to him if he remained king in England, he might be executed for goodness sake!  James’ son-in-law William of Orange, who was married to Mary, James’ Protestant daughter, claimed the throne with his wife because of the urging of Englishmen to come and save “the liberties of England and the Protestant religion.”  William and Mary agreed to a newly drafted (English) Bill of Rights that limited the power of ruling monarchs when they ascended to the throne.

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