Overview

This history offers a full, but succinct, account of William's life and influence. It outlines his career in the Netherlands before he came to the Stuart crown, it describes how a continental objective - the defeat of Louis XIV of France - became his central obsession, and it shows how the new king applied lessons and priorities learned abroad to his rule in London. The book does more than this, however. It argues William was the key to solving the chronic instability of seventeenth-century Britain and Ireland. ...
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William III

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Overview

This history offers a full, but succinct, account of William's life and influence. It outlines his career in the Netherlands before he came to the Stuart crown, it describes how a continental objective - the defeat of Louis XIV of France - became his central obsession, and it shows how the new king applied lessons and priorities learned abroad to his rule in London. The book does more than this, however. It argues William was the key to solving the chronic instability of seventeenth-century Britain and Ireland. It suggests that it took someone from beyond the island shores, with a European vision and foreign experience of handling a free political system, to end the stand-off between ruler and people which had marred the Stuart world. It argues that William was a crucial factor in Britain's emergence as a world power, and as a model of open government.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317876823
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/11/2014
  • Series: Profiles In Power
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Maps and table
Notes on style and abbreviations
Timeline: the main events of William's career
Introduction: William III in British and Irish History 1
1 An Orange: William's Career, 1650-88 9
2 A Stuart? William's British Career, 1688-1702 28
3 William and the English Constitution 51
4 William and Political Party 86
5 William and the English State 121
6 William and the 'Three Kingdoms': England, Scotland and Ireland 159
Conclusion: William's Place in History 188
Bibliography 190
Index 197
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