James II: The Last Catholic King

James II The Last Catholic King The short action packed reign of James II is generally seen as one of the most catastrophic in British history James managed despite having access to tremendous reserves of good will and def

  • Title: James II: The Last Catholic King
  • Author: David Womersley
  • ISBN: 9780141977065
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The short, action packed reign of James II 1685 88 is generally seen as one of the most catastrophic in British history James managed, despite having access to tremendous reserves of good will and deference, to so alienate his supporters that he had to flee for his life And yet, most of that life was spent not as king but first as heir to Charles II, as Duke of York aThe short, action packed reign of James II 1685 88 is generally seen as one of the most catastrophic in British history James managed, despite having access to tremendous reserves of good will and deference, to so alienate his supporters that he had to flee for his life And yet, most of that life was spent not as king but first as heir to Charles II, as Duke of York after whom New York is named and then in the last part of his life as the first Jacobite Pretender , starting a problem that would haunt Britain s rulers for generations.

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    2. A short biography, which addresses the main question of James II's short reign, "What was he thinking?!" Womersley moves away from traditional accounts of the Glorious Revolution, which focus on James II as an unusually obstinate and misguided monarch and instead examines the broader political context of his times and the variety of different ideas about monarchy in Western Europe. Still, Womersley identifies traits in James II's personality and conduct that contributed to his overthrow in 1688, [...]

    3. A good overview of a monarch I knew very little about and someone who had a profound and unintentional influence on our constitution.If you previously thought that the English Civil War was mostly a push towards democracy and a constitutional monarchy then this will dispel that myth and show that it was THIS monarch's mistakes preceeding to & whilst on the throne who actually provoked those events.The book is written in a very engaging style and provides a good overview of this monarch's bri [...]

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