Scott SowerbyMaking Toleration: The Repealers and the Glorious Revolution

Harvard University Press, 2013

by Marshall Poe on August 23, 2013

Scott Sowerby

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We all know that the "victors" generally write history. The "losers," then, often get a bum rap. Such was the case with King James II. He's got a pretty poor reputation, largely due to the purveyors of the "Whig Interpretation of History." They claimed that James II was a tyrant who tried to impose Catholicism on the United Kingdom. But, as Scott Sowerby shows in his new book Making Toleration: The Repealers and the Glorious Revolution (Harvard UP, 2013), James II was really no such thing. Actually, he was the head of a movement to repeal many of religious restrictions (the "Test Act") put in place after the Civil War. He favored toleration, at least of a limited sort. Listen to Scott tell his story and that of the "repealers."

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