Revolution in the family: William and Mary come to the throne of England

King William III and Queen Mary II of England, Scotland and Ireland (© Creative Commons)

This broadcast was timed to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the so-called Glorious Revolution, in which prince William of Orange, stadholder of the Dutch Republic, helped fellow Protestants in England to depose their king, James II. William and his wife Mary Stuart, daughter of the king, were then invited to accept the crown. It was a moment of great importance in the past 300 years of British and Dutch relations. In this programme, Pete Myers discusses these events with Henri (1934-2013) and Barbara van der Zee, co-authors of several standard histories of this period.

Producer: Pete Myers

Broadcast: June 27, 1988