The Enlightenment And Enlightenment : The Causes Of The Glorious Revolution

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In the 1600’s the reign of James II in England with his emphasis on Catholic practices and the censorship of mail motivated English Parliament to undertake a journey to the Netherlands in search of new leaders by the names of William and Mary. Their arrival in England prompted James II to abdicate his throne. This further propelled the period of William and Mary’s reign otherwise known the Glorious Revolution. Additionally, it put forth a new period of constitutional monarchy, religious toleration, and peaceful succession in England. The Glorious Revolution of 1688 led to the Enlightenment because, William of Orange promoted and protected religious toleration and a constitutional monarchy. Furthermore, the majority of English Protestants agreed with William of Orange’s stance and allowed the Glorious Revolution to further inspire them as enlightened thinkers. However, William was still heralded as a king and the people of England nevertheless portrayed him an absolute monarch.
One of the main ways that the Glorious Revolution promoted enlightened thought was through William and Mary’s emphasis on religious toleration and constitutional monarchy. In, King William III’s declaration, he expressed a vow to preserve each person’s right to practice different religions in an effort to preserve peace in England. He placed emphasis on civil rights and a person’s freedom within a just government. He assumed that through a person’s freedom and their happiness lay the key to a secure

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