King James II

In the final episode, Professor Kate Williams looks at King James II succeeding his brother King Charles II in 1685. He was a Catholic monarch of a Protestant nation and attempts had already been made to prevent him from claiming the throne. The last of the Stuart Kings, he reigned for only three years and it was his own daughter, Mary, who caused his downfall. She, along with her husband William of Orange, overthrew the House Of Stuart and sent King James II into exile. It was also the end of the powerful Wynn family, their status rose and fell with the Stuart Kings they served.

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