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Glorious Revolution

- also called Revolution of 1688, or Bloodless Revolution - the events of 1688–89 that resulted in the deposition of James II and the accession of his daughter Mary II and her husband, William III, prince of Orange and stadholder of the Netherlands.

The people of England did not like King James II because he would not let them vote or worship God in the way they wanted to. They invited William III of Orange-Nassau to take over as king.


June 1688

The "Seven Bishops" prosecuted by James II for refusing to announce the Declaration of Indulgence in their churches were acquitted. The "Immortal Seven" sent their invitation to William of Orange to invade England after the birth of James II's son.

Nov.-Dec. 1688

The "Glorious Revolution" - William of Orange invaded England and James II fled to France. A Convention was summoned to decide the political settlement.


The Convention Parliament voted that James II had 'abdicated' and that William and Mary should be offered the Crown. The Commons read the Declaration of Rights to William and Mary, which they later enacted as statute, the Bill of Rights. Parliament declared war on France (the Nine Years' War).


The Glorious Revolution of 1688 is considered by some as being one of the most important events in the long evolution of the respective powers of Parliament and the Crown in England. With the passage of the Bill of Rights, it stamped out once and for all any possibility of a Catholic monarchy, and ended moves towards absolute monarchy in the British kingdoms by circumscribing the monarch's powers.

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