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James II

Author: John Miller
Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2000.
Series: Yale English monarchs.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Yale ed., rev. ed.]View all editions and formats
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"James II, the last of the Stuart monarchs, reigned for only three years (1685-88). Lacking the charisma of his father, Charles I, he was not a popular monarch. Yet if the king misunderstood his subjects, they too held misconceptions about him. In this biography, John Miller reassesses James II and his reign, arguing that he had many laudable attributes - he was brave, loyal, honourable and hard-working. Yet his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: James, King of England; James, King of England.; Jacques, roi d'Angleterre; James, King of England; Jacques, (roi d'Angleterre ;
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Miller
ISBN: 0300087284 9780300087284
OCLC Number: 44694564
Description: xvii, 286 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Yale English monarchs.
Responsibility: John Miller.

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"James II, the last of the Stuart monarchs, reigned for only three years (1685-88). Lacking the charisma of his father, Charles I, he was not a popular monarch. Yet if the king misunderstood his subjects, they too held misconceptions about him. In this biography, John Miller reassesses James II and his reign, arguing that he had many laudable attributes - he was brave, loyal, honourable and hard-working. Yet his conversion to Catholicism fuelled the distrust of his Protestant subjects and left him vulnerable to the Dutch invasion fleet led by William of Orange in the autumn of 1688." "Miller discusses the human failings, the gulf in understanding between the king and his subjects, and the sheer bad luck that led to his downfall. He explores James's relations with state and society, focusing on the political, diplomatic and religious issues that shaped his reign."--Jacket.

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