William III, Paperback Book

William III Paperback

Part of the Profiles In Power series

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William III, William of Orange (1650-1702), is a key figure in English history. Grandson of Charles I and married to Mary, eldest daughter of James II, the pair became the object of protestant hopes after James lost the throne.

Though William was personally unpopular - his continental ties the source of suspicion and resentment - Tony Claydon argues that William was key to solving the chronic instability of seventeenth-century Britain and Ireland. It took someone with a European vision and foreign experience of handling a free political system, to end the stand-off between ruler and people that had marred Stuart history.

Claydon takes a thematic approach to investigate all these aspects in their wider context, and presents William as the crucial factor in Britain's emergence as a world power, and as a model of open and participatory government.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780582405233

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It's amazing how difficult it is to find a book about William III (at least in the US) - despite very significant role that king played in English history. It was under his rule that balance between king and parliament was finally established. I was looking for some biographical work and, unfortunately, this book is not the one. It is very academic research into the causes behind William III's influences on English history. It still is interesting but very dry and doesn't present William's personal portrait.

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