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James II : The Last Catholic King
Author: David Womersley

ISBN: 9780141977065
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 27 May 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.0 x 12.0 x 1.6
The brief, eventful reign of James II (1685-88) was one of the most catastrophic in British history. Powerful and popular when he came to the throne, James managed, despite great reserves of good will and deference, to so alienate his supporters that he had to flee the country.

And yet, as David Womersley's lucid account shows, most of James's life was spent not as king but first as Duke of York (after whom New York is named) and later, after attempting to convert England to Catholicism, in exile, thereby creating the spectre of a Jacobite restoration that would haunt the monarchy for generations.

Ultimately, Womersley shows, James II was a man whose blindness to subtlety and lack of understanding of political reality brought about his downfall.

About the Author

David Womersley is the Thomas Warton Professor of Literature at the University of Oxford. Among his interests are Jonathan Swift (he was the general editor of the CUP edition of Swift), Daniel Defoe and Edward Gibbon, whose Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire he edited for Penguin Classics.

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