The Glorious Revolution: The Causes Of The Bloodless Revolution

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Register to read the introduction… The people in England were also not fooled by James's attempt to regain loyalty. On the 5th of November of 1688, William landed on England. As William pushed his way across England with the help of the aristocracy, he encountered no resistance. While William pushed forward, James had no choice but to retreat. He retreated all the way back to London, only to find out that all of the nobility had abandoned him. James then escaped to France to seek protection form his cousin, Louis XIV. James's II kingdom was surrendered without any hint of bloodshed. Hence, the Glorious Revolution earned the name the Bloodless Revolution. This was the first revolution where a king was dismounted without any bloodshed (Israel, pg. 432-40). As the Glorious Revolution ended, England was forced into an immediate conflict with Louis XIV of France. James II, a Catholic king, had been disposed of, and a Protestant king, William, husband of Mary, James's daughter, had taken over. Louis and James were able to get along but William and Louis were not. They began a war over what is now present-day Belgium. Belgium was a key place for fortresses and harbors (Kissinger, …show more content…
Old stresses between the King and Parliament, Church and Dissent, appeared to be undiminished and were joined by bitter divisions over the succession of William III and Mary II. This involved rebellion and war in Ireland and Scotland, and plots, riots, and insurrection in England (Hoppit, pg. 2). It is very doubtful whether many of the revolutionaries of 1688 foresaw the consequences of their actions in terms of England's relations with foreign powers. Before the revolution, England was largely pro-French and anti-Dutch. After 1688, France was to become more or less a permanent enemy. The Nine Years War was actually a war spawned from the Glorious Revolution between England and France (Morgan, pg. 353-56). After James II was relieved of his throne, there were many altercations in England's royalty as to who is the rightful heir to the throne. William III and Mary II took over but many people believed that Mary II, James II first daughter, was not the heir to the throne. It was said that James's II son with Mary of Modena was the rightful heir to the throne. There was much talk but nothing was ever

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