Causes of the Glorious Revolution 1688-1689 (Religion? Politics?)

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In English history, the events of 1688 to 1689 lead to the deposition of James II and the ascension of William III and Mary II to the English throne. Those events are known as the Glorious Revolution. In the origins and outcome of the Glorious Revolution, religion plays a significant role, however; politics also had a key role to play. In 17th Century England, religion and politics came close to being a single entity. Religion played a major role in the decisions made in the courts and parliament, and politics decided which religion would be dominant. Religion was not the sole cause for the Glorious Revolution; it needed the spice of politics to heat things up.

The origins of the Glorious Revolution have they’re roots back when Charles
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They saw James’ moves as a push to secure his place on the throne. People believed James to be an old man, who would soon die and be replaced by his protestant daughter, Mary II. Unfortunately for James, in June1688, he became a father to a son, with his second wife, the Catholic Mary of Modena. James announced that their son would be raised as a Catholic and thus it was clear that his son would continue the steps started by James towards an absolute monarchy. Had James remained without a male successor, The Glorious Revolution may have been set to a later date. It was the fact that James’ son was to be raised as a Catholic that threw much of the populace into disarray. Apart from the detail that James’ son would rule England, politics was not a decisive factor in the last crucial decision that lead to the Glorious Revolution.

With the information of the birth of James’ son, the Tories, who up until this stage had been supporters of James, reluctantly joined with the Whigs to ensure that the familiar customs of the country were kept safe. Seven Whigs and seven Tories sent an invitation to Mary II, James’ protestant daughter, and William III, otherwise known as William of Orange, to come and bring order to, what seemed, disastrous times.

William’s invasion of England was brought about through necessity. He had no intention to take what was going to be his through succession, by undergoing, what could be, a bloody war. It was only when the Anglican Church, which his