William and Mary

William and Mary's accession as part of the Glorious Revolution was initially bloodless as James escaped and thus avoided bloodshed. However, as the supporters of James organised themselves as Jacobites, the fightback began and William had to send forces to Ireland to meet the threat. William was used to fighting Catholicism. As the King of Protestant Holland, he had been fighting the French and their allies for most of his life. Taking control of England and its armed forces was part of this wider Protestant Crusade against Catholicism. His intervention in Ireland would help consolidate the position of Irish Protestants at the cost of the Catholics on the island. This would have long lasting effects that have travelled down to the modern day.
William and Mary
Acceded to Throne
Mary's Death
William's Death
Further Reading
Revolution: The Great Crisis of the British Monarchy, 1685-1720
By Tim Harris
The Glorious Revolution: 1688 - Britain's Fight for Liberty
By Edward Vallance
The Last Revolution: 1688 and the Creation of the Modern World
By Patrick Dillon
King William III: Prince of Orange, the First European
By Bryan Bevan
William III, The Stadholder King: A Political Biography
By Wout Troost
William III (Profiles In Power)
By A. M. Claydon
William and Mary: The Heroes of the Glorious Revolution
By John Van Der Kiste
Battlefield Britain - Boyne


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