History of Britain - Rulers & Ruled


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10."Glorious" Revolution

An exploration of the revolution of 1688, and of how power shifted into the hands of the landed elite. (5.75 mins)

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1. Who really held the power in Restoration England? A visit to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.
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2. The accession of James II - a Catholic - brought the question to a head.
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3. The "Glorious" Revolution of 1688. James II is replaced by William of Orange.
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4. Was this a 'revolution'? Or merely a palace coup? And who was pulling the strings?
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5. How the "Glorious" Revolution handed power to the landowners.

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The module was filmed at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, a gem of an English stately home, although rather overrun by tourists.

It has featured in two Keira Knightley's films, "Pride and Prejudice" and "The Duchess" (which told the story of Georgiana, the wife of the fifth Duke of Devonshire).


The current duke been in the press recently (Feb 2010) talking about the decline of the British aristocracy, any describing how titles no longer matter. He's happy to be known just as Peregrine Chatsworth, and says his role in society is simply to look after Chatsworth for future generations.


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