William III, William of Orange (1650-1702), is a key figure in English history. Grandson of Charles I and married to Mary, eldest daughter of James II, the pair became the object of protestant hopes after James lost the throne. Though William was personally unpopular - his continental ties the source of suspicion and resentment - Tony Claydon argues that William was key to solving the chronic instability of seventeenth-century Britain and Ireland.  It took someone with a European vision and foreign experience of handling a free political system, to end the stand-off between ruler and people that had marred Stuart history. Claydon takes a thematic approach to investigate all these aspects in their wider context, and presents William as the crucial factor in Britain's emergence as a world power, and as a model of open and participatory government.

part One|41 pages

William's Life

chapter One|19 pages

An Orange: William's career, 1650–88

part Two|139 pages

William and the Stuart Realms

chapter Three|35 pages

William and the English Constitution

chapter Four|35 pages

William and Political Party

chapter Five|38 pages

William and the English State

chapter |2 pages

Conclusion: William's Place in History