Ungrateful Daughters: The Stuart Princesses Who Stole Their Father's Crown
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Ungrateful Daughters: The Stuart Princesses Who Stole Their Father's Crown

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by Maureen Waller
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312307128

ISBN-13: 9780312307127

Pub. Date: 02/01/2004

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

In 1688, the birth of a Prince of Wales ignited a family quarrel-and a revolution. James II's drive towards Catholicism had alienated the nation and his two staunchly Protestant daughters by his first marriage, Mary and Anne, the "ungrateful daughters" who eventually usurped their father's crown and stole their half-brother's birthright.

Seven prominent men sent

Overview

In 1688, the birth of a Prince of Wales ignited a family quarrel-and a revolution. James II's drive towards Catholicism had alienated the nation and his two staunchly Protestant daughters by his first marriage, Mary and Anne, the "ungrateful daughters" who eventually usurped their father's crown and stole their half-brother's birthright.

Seven prominent men sent an invitation to William of Orange-James's nephew and son-in-law-to intervene in English affairs. But Mary and Anne also played a key role. Jealous and resentful of her hated stepmother, Anne had written a series of malicious letters to Mary in Holland, implying that the Queen's pregnancy was a hoax-a Catholic plot to deny Mary her rightful inheritance.

Distraught from being betrayed by his own children, James fled the kingdom. And even as the crown descended on her head, Mary knew she had incurred a father's curse. The sisters quarreled to the day of Mary's death at age 32. Anne did nothing to earn her father's forgiveness, and she declared her brother an outlaw with a price on his head.

Acclaimed historian Maureen Waller re-creates the late Stuart era in a compelling narrative that highlights the influence of the royal women on one of the most momentous events in English history. Prompted by religious bigotry and the emotions that beset every family relationship, this palace coup changed the face of the monarchy, and signaled the end of a dynasty.

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ISBN-13:
9780312307127
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
236,863
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgementsxiii
Genealogical Tablexiv
Cast of Characters in the Royal Familyxvii
Author's Notexxiii
Prologue1
Part 1The Family
1.Queen Mary Beatrice11
2.Princess Anne of Denmark47
3.Princess Mary of Orange83
4.King James II119
5.Prince William of Orange159
Part 2The Revolution
6.The Birth of James Francis Edward, Prince of Wales189
7.Betrayal213
8.Flight240
9.The Takeover260
Part 3Consequences
10.The Quarrel293
11.An Untimely Death321
12.The Succession340
13.Broken Promises368
Notes403
Bibliography435
Index443

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Ungrateful Daughters: The Stuart Princesses Who Stole Their Father's Crown 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was so interesting and I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to learn about this crucial event in English history. if you think that this book looks hard to read think again it is easy and fun.
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