On November 5, 1688, William of Orange, Protestant ruler of the Dutch Republic, landed at Torbay in Devon with a force of twenty thousand men. Five months later, William and his wife, Mary, were jointly crowned king and queen after forcing James II to abdicate. Yet why has history recorded this bloodless coup as an internal Glorious Revolution rather than what it truly was: a full-scale invasion and conquest by a foreign nation?
The remarkable story of the relationship between two of Europe's most important colonial powers at the dawn of the modern age, Lisa Jardine's Going Dutch demonstrates through compelling new research in political and social history how Dutch tolerance, resourcefulness, and commercial acumen had effectively conquered Britain long before William and his English wife arrived in London.
…the revelatory backstory of the so-called Glorious Revolution of 1688-89…[Jardine] fills her pages with a distinguished cast of characters: The artists Rubens, van Dyck and Pieter Lely received commissions from the English court; Wren, Hooke and Anton van Leeuwenhoek together laid the foundation of modern science. Jardine writes clearly and colloquially for the non-academic reader. Her chapters on gardens and painting are particularly engaging