On the 11th of December 1688, King James II of England and Ireland abdicated. James was widely despised as a Roman Catholic and for his alliances with France’s (Catholic) King Louis XIV.
The requisite leverage came in the form of James’ Protestant nephew, William of Orange (married, eleven years earlier, to James’ Protestant daughter Mary), who Parliament persuaded to set sail from the Netherlands, invade England and oust the Catholic would-be despot!
William landed at Torbay in Devon and after a virtually bloodless revolution, convinced Parliament, in 1689, to install him and Mary jointly on the English throne.
Peace descended on the land and William and Mary went about producing their truly excellent range of furniture.