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King James II

Person  Male  Born 14/10/1633  Died 5/9/1701

Categories: Royalty

Countries: France

England's last Roman Catholic king, James II of England but James VII of Scotland.  Born in St James's Palace and ascended the throne in 1685 on the death of his brother Charles II. Married Anne Hyde. He was Catholic and persecuted the Protestants.

This may be overstating the case: 2016 - we were contacted by Antone Martinho who writes “It is completely inaccurate to suggest that he persecuted Protestants, when his reign was fundamentally pro-toleration.”  We are far from experts on James II and rely on Wikipedia which include text such as “James sent a letter to the Scottish Privy Council advocating toleration for Catholics but that the persecution of the Presbyterian Covenanters should continue….”. Antone would like this added: "However, he established toleration for the dissenting Protestants as well as Catholics, ultimately granting relief even to the Covenanters he initially opposed." This is a complex topic and we advise anyone who want to understand it to look elsewhere.

His daughter Mary had married the Protestant William of Orange who effectively invaded England thus deposing James, in 1689, the Glorious Revolution. James fled and died in France.

The only other statue in England of James II is at University College, Oxford.

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Hanbury Hall - white plaque - removed

Christ Church Hall Built in 1719 as a French Hugeonot {sic} church it stood b...

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James II statue

Sculpted by Grinling Gibbons or one of his pupils this is considered a very f...

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Savoy - eagle

SH On part of this site in 1640 was built Worcester House where lived Edward...

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The Monument - west and north

The bas relief by Cibber is worthy of close examination.  It shows a woman on...

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