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A brief outline of our next talks

Meetings take place, commencing at 7.30pm, in The Crawford Hall, Salford Road, Bidford on Avon B50 4EZ

May 17 2019,  The Later Stuarts

This year has sees three talks on the Stuarts. In this third talk we learn that restoration of the Monarchy in 1660 brought great hopes to the countries. Charles II however found that things were not as easy as he would have hoped and he ran into many political problems. It appears that Charles II may have inherited some of his father's failings! Without a male successor his death brought his brother James II to the throne in 1685. James was strongly catholic which brought about imediate political and popular opposition to his rule. His rule ended with the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688, with parliement inviting William II of Holland and his wife Mary II (daughter of James) to take the throne.

Our speaker, Dr Stuart Tolley, will guide us through a fascinating but not widely understood period of English and Scottish political history. Dr. Tolley specialises in early modern history and works in the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education.