Overview of the Glorious Revolution

The period 1672-89 saw political conflict which resulted in a foreign invasion and a transfer of the Crown by Parliament. The new relations between Parliament and the monarch were worked out over the years following, during a long European war.

Catholics and Protestants

Learn about the anti-Catholic Test Acts of 1673 and 1678 which lay at the heart of the conflict of 1688

Whigs and Tories

Discover how these familiar political nicknames emerged out of the conflicts over Church and State in the 1670s

The reign of James II

People celebrated when James II came to the throne in 1685. Within four years he was in exile. What went wrong?

Invasion and desertion

Later Whig historians called the events of winter 1688 the Glorious Revolution. Was it glorious? Was it even a revolution?

The Convention and Bill of Rights

Discover how the flight of James II gave Parliament new powers and opportunities to determine the rights of the subject

The Financial Revolution

The Bill of Rights is idealistic - but it was really the practical running of the country's finances that changed Parliament

The Act of Settlement

Learn about the Act which set the seal on the Revolution and the Protestant Succession - and which still remains controversial today

Also in this section

A chronology of significant events from 1660-1701 relating to the Glorious Revolution

Related information

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