The Glorious Revolution

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.

Ann_Killigrew__James_II_c1685_01aAnn Killigrew, James II, circa 1685.

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.

Jack Plane


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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5 Responses to The Glorious Revolution

  1. Kevin Schroeder says:

    If there has ever been a question in your mind as to whether your non-furniture posts are enjoyed, let me place that thought to rest. I now have some understanding of William and Mary. I maintain a special reverence for furniture of this period, and I await your commencement of the William and Mary olive oyster chest of drawers.



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