A Student of History

June 28, 2007

Our First Revolution

Filed under: Early America,New books — John Maass @ 6:27 pm

In the Washington Post‘s book section of June 24th, biographer H. W. Brands reviews Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America’s Founding Fathers, a book by Michael Barone about England’s Glorious Revolution of the 1680s.

Publisher’s Weekly states: “The author describes the origins of the revolution, a mostly bloodless change of government, as a mixture of religious, political and diplomatic factors. King James II’s Roman Catholicism, hostility to Parliament, and French sympathies alienated an increasing number of his powerful subjects including John Churchill, later Duke of Marlborough, who invited Dutch Stadtholder William of Orange and his wife, Mary, James’s sister, to intervene. Among the revolution’s consequences was a Bill of Rights that limited the monarch’s powers and strengthened representative government.”

The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America's Founding Fathers

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