William III & Mary II (Penguin Monarchs): Partners in Revolution – Penguin Monarchs (Paperback) Jonathan Keates (author)
The acclaimed Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England’s rulers – now in paperback
William III (1689-1702) & Mary II (1689-94) (Britain’s only ever ‘joint monarchs’) changed the course of the entire country’s history, coming to power through a coup (which involved Mary betraying her own father), reestablishing parliament on a new footing and, through commiting Britain to fighting France, initiating an immensely long period of warfare and colonial expansion.
Jonathan Keates‘ wonderful book makes both monarchs vivid, the cold, shrewd ‘Dutch’ William and the shortlived Mary, whose life and death inspired Purcell to write some of his greatest music.
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