English Absolutism Part 2
Following the events from the death of Oliver Cromwell to the end of the Glorious Revolution.
The Whigs decided to attack the brother of Charles, James II, who was a devout Catholic.
Charles II died soon after, and with no heir to the throne, James II began to rule.
England is Protestant!
James II began favoring Catholics and using absolutist strategies of government, both of which alienated the people.
Of course I'll give you the job, you're Catholic!
Parliament then convinced William and Mary of Orange, two protestant rulers in the Netherlands, to invade England and take the throne from James II.
No! My throne! Louis, help me!
This succeeded, resulting in James fleeing to France while William and Mary became co-rulers of England.
Following the death of Oliver Cromwell, Charles II became the ruler of England, and this was because Cromwell's style of government was disliked by the people. Charles II alienated the people when he began to rule absolutely soon after, and the Tories and Whigs were formed. After his death, his brother James II took over, and his extreme Catholicism and absolutism caused opposition. To end this, William and Mary of Orange were supported in an overthrow of James, and they were established as the new rulers of England, and this event is known as the Glorious Revolution. From this point onward, Parliament would have much more influence and the king's power would be limited.
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