August 27, 2012
I wanted to start a topic on something i must admit i haven’t researched personally very much ( or know very much about), however i do feel feel this particular event is one of the most important in Britain’s past, it was when we got as close as possible to choosing our Monarch, it brought in the ‘Bill of Rights’ & our current system of ‘Constitutional Monarchy’ was established where power was really passed from Crown to Parliament ( although more got passed later on).
What’s your views on this? Do you see William and Mary as usurpers or liberators? I personally see them as liberators, partly due to the fact that James was deemed to have abdicated by throwing the great seal into the Thames when fleeing & parliament did invite William and Mary to take the throne ( although William was determined to take the crown from him).
Do you guys think that this is a very important part in Britain’s history that doesn’t get focused on nearly as much as it probably should?
November 18, 2010
March 26, 2011
Interesting subject, I think I would generally see them as liberators, simply due to the fact that by signing the Bill of Rights they helped ease the tensions between crown and parliament that had been so dominant in England. The Civil War had certainly bruised the country, and it certainly appears that William and Mary brought about a kind of ‘balance’. Personally I don’t think I have ever regarded them as usurpers
August 27, 2012
I agree Claire Louise I think the fact that Parliament invited William & Mary to rule clearly shows they where not usurpers. The Bill of Rights was probably the main highlight of their reign, it certainly was a very progressive step that eventually other countries came to accept… I do wonder if maybe France, Russia etc had moved in this direction maybe their monarchies would still be here today!!
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