The Age Of Enlightenment: The Causes Of The Glorious Revolution

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The Age of Enlightenment was a period of time when a movement of intellectuals strove to create tolerance of religion, separation of state and church, as well as removing complete power of the monarch. The Glorious Revolution of 1688, followed many Enlightenment principles. The cause of this revolution was the people’s displeasure with the Catholic king, James II, in hopes of turning the country to Protestantism, William of Orange, the king of Holland, and his wife Mary II, James oldest child. This quick and almost bloodless revolution put William of Orange of the English throne, gaining Protestants religious freedom, but suppressed the freedoms of Catholics. Although the Glorious Revolution was fueled in part by religious intolerance, ultimately the Glorious Revolution was a direct outcome of the Age of Enlightenment. In document one the feelings of England’s people is best described. The author, John Evelyn, writes for himself as this piece is taken from a diary entry. Evelyn’s views are unaltered as no one will see this document, as a result he will not receive repercussions, so this work is much closer to how people were feeling around the time. Evelyn writes of the growing dissatisfaction among the people as James II brings more soldiers in and continues to remove Protestants from places of power. Writing of the growing anticipation of the coming of William of Orange. This shows that few people are truly happy with their current ruler, Evelyn even writes of the hope
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