catholic james ii

King James II before the gates of Londonderry, 1689. James’s Jacobite army besieged the Protestant-held town in April, when the king rode up to Bishop’s Gate and demanded its surrender. He received a volley of musket fire, accompanied by shouts of “no surrender,” an act which outraged the king. The ensuing siege lasted 105 days and cost the lives of 8,000 of the town’s defenders and inhabitants, but was ultimately broken by the arrival of three supply ships sent by King William III, Prince of Orange.

When James and all his rebel band,

Came up to Bishop’s Gate,

With heart and hand, and sword and shield,

We forced him to retreat. 

The cry was ‘no surrender,’

But come when duty calls,

With heart and hand, and sword and shield,

We’ll guard old Derry’s walls.” 

underacloakofshadowanddarkness  asked:

What was the wittiest thing one of the Stuarts ever said? Like a joke or a comment maybe?

King Charles II was remarkably witty.

Charles II liked walking around London without any personal guards. His Catholic brother, James (II), was truly distraught about this, and voiced his concerns to Charles. The King simply laughed, and said, “Dear Jamie, they won’t kill me and make you king!”

Charles II was once called the Father of his People in Parliament. Charles was highly amused by this and said he was indeed the father of quite a few of them. He had 14 recorded bastard children from at least 6 different women.

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, once said this of the King: “We have a pretty witty King, whose word no man relies on. He has never said a foolish thing, nor ever did a wise one.” True to character, Charles laughed at this and retorted, “Yes, this is true: for my words are my own, but my actions are of my ministers…”

When Charles II’s loyalty was being tested at Parliament, he calmly told them that “They had better have one king than 500.”

Charles II said this about Prince George of Denmark, the husband to his niece, Princess Anne: “I have tried him drunk and I have tried him sober, there is nothing in him.”

William III of Orange Dies at Age 51

8 March 1702

King William III of Orange died at the age of 51 on this day in British history, 8 March 1702. Although William’s father was a Dutch noble, King Charles I was his grandfather on his mother’s side. Eventually, William of Orange took advantage of the English dissatisfaction with the Catholic James II and mounted the ‘Glorious Revolution’ at the request of British Parliament. As King William III he signed the English Bill of Rights in 1689. William’s death on 8 March 1702 brought an end to the Dutch House of Orange, and saw his sister-in-law Anne become queen regent of England, Scotland, and Ireland.