I came across a fascinating snippet of history in the letters page of a U3A magazine, (University Of The Third Age) which, led me to delving a bit deeper.

1685 is a significant date in English Parliamentary history. It was the beginning of manoeuvres to obtain monarchical change. Three years later, in 1688, change was consolidated with the Roman Catholic Stuart King, James II of England and Ireland, (James VII Scotland) being deposed by what is known as The Glorious Revolution. James was the last Roman Catholic monarch in England, Scotland and Ireland.

King James II of England and Ireland. James VII Scotland

James’ Protestant son-in law William Of Orange from the Netherlands and his wife Mary were invited by Parliament to replace him. History as taught, says that James was troublesome. History also states James’ replacement was welcomed, [by Parliament and other powerful interests]; but it was mainly welcomed because it ensured a protestant succession.

William Of Orange

In an area called Beaconsfield, in the county of Buckinghamshire, which is, today,  within easy reach of London UK, there is the original Quaker Meeting House, built in 1688, the year James II was deposed. Quakers had met in the locality since 1659 and risked having their meetings disrupted.

The year before he was deposed, 1687, James II managed to issue a Declaration Of Indulgence. He had been battling  over this with Parliament for much of his relatively short reign. The Declaration gave The Quakers the right to worship freely. Roman Catholics, Jews and Moslems were given the same rights. The Declaration extended tolerance to all to practice their faiths, not just to James’ particular religious preferences, and says the writer of the snippet, “It was the act of a tolerant king”.

It would be justified to say that a prime reason for the English Parliament’s removal of James Stuart, was because of their fears about Roman Catholic Monarchs linking once more to the determinations of the Papacy and its representatives. Therefore, deposing James ensured that the English Parliament, from then on, was established as the ruling power in England.







12 thoughts on “MIGHTY TOLERANCE

  1. C’est bizarre ! Nous avons à peu près les mêmes tableaux représentant le roi Louis XIV chez nous : Même vêtements… La mode devait être la même des deux cotés du Channel…

    • Exactement, Zalandeau. J’ai pensee de la Reine Katerina de Medici, la femme de la Roi Francis (I?). Elle etre aussie La Regent pour quelques annees. Elle volou etre tolerante, mais les conseilles des autres la empeche de suivre cette chemin.

      Merci pour ton commentaire interessant.

  2. English history is littered with such things, isn’t it. Unfounded fears, the Malicious whispers, the treacherous plottings. Not a great deal has changed, except the whispers are no longer whispered but emblazoned across the newspapers and reported as media news.

    I am surprised that ‘bonfire night’ has not been banned, seeing as essentially it is burning Catholics, but is spun as a celebration of thwarting an audacious assassination plot.

  3. Bonfire Night… you put your sensitive finger on it. There’s always ways to keep ‘festivals going, by masking the foundations of their inception.

    As for the powers that be in a certain house in SW1; many people would support what you say.

    Thanks for your comment. xxx 🙂

    • Gosh, yes, you are right Shimon, thank you for raising it. it tells me that it’s okay to delve, even late in the evening when I am tired, but that I should not publish till I have re-visited the work when I am much more awake!

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