William of Orange

William of Orange

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  • Have you ever heard of William of Orange? William was a Dutch leader and married to Mary. A group of England nobles invited William to help invade England. Little did they know involving him was a dangerous idea because it would be appalling for Mary to rise up against her father, the leader of England.
  • Well, what about the Glorious Revolution? Didn't you know that this when William took the thrown from James II in 1688. The Revolution consisted of William, Mary, James II, and their men. 
  • Oh yeah! I remember, it set forth Parliaments right to make laws and to levy taxes. It also helped create a system of government based on the rule of law and a freely elected parliament. It even gave citizens the right to keep arm and to have a jury trial were also confirmed.
  • Yeah, I knew that. But did you know about the bill of rights? When parliament offered the thrown to William and Mary they accepted it, long with the Bill of Rights. 
  • Wow!
  • Hey, another important action of Parliament was the Toleration Act of 1689. This act granted Puritans, but not Catholics, the right of free public worship. It made mark a turning point in English history because few English citizens would ever again be persecuted for religion.
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