William III

William III was one of the most successful, yet least popular, of British monarchs, writes J.P. Kenyon, whose reign marked a steady advance in the ascent of his adopted country. You can find the first part of this article here.

J.P. Kenyon profiles William III, of whom Hallam said: “It must ever be an honour to the English Crown that it has been worn by so great a man.”

John Carswell analyses some of the foremost political actors in the Glorious Revolution of 1688.

The future king of England was born in his family's court at The Hague on November 4th, 1650.

Simon Thurley sniffs the air in William III's Privy Garden at Hampton Court.

In 1688-89 William of Orange conquered England and took the crown for himself: William III was a king of his own making. This simple fact, obscured...

Without the economic muscle of the Netherlands' largest city, William III would never have been able to stage Britain's 'Glorious Revolution' or urge European war against Louis XIV. But his relationship with Amsterdam's burghers was far from smooth, as Elizabeth Edwards outlines here.

The invasion of Ireland by James II in 1689 committed Great Britain to a century of involvement in major European wars. Assisted by a buoyant and...

Bill Speck considers the three-cornered manoeuvrings between Anglicanism, Dissent and Catholicism that culminated in the events of 1688-89.

The Nine Years War (1688-97) – or the War of the League of Augsburg as older historians describe it – has received less attention than the Spanish...