The King Over the Water: A Complete History of the Jacobites

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Although the line of succession can continue to be traced, none of these subsequent heirs ever claimed the British throne, or the crowns of England, Scotland, or Ireland. His religion made James popular among Irish Catholics, whose position had not improved under his brother. Everything seemed lost, and the next four years saw Charles first in Paris (when he was dependent of his mother’s pension from the French Crown, plus any money offered by English supporters (see Tobias Rustat on this …), and fathering several illegitimate children.

The Irish war of 1689-91, the most ferocious of all Jacobite conflicts has been neglected, as has the long loyalty of Irishmen to the Stuarts – even in the 1790s France planned to make Henry IX King of Ireland. Since we are not overburdened by popular histories on Jacobitism, Seward’s lively book is a welcome addition. From 1807 to 1840, it was held by the House of Savoy, then the House of Habsburg-Lorraine until 1919, while the current Jacobite heir is Franz, Duke of Bavaria, from the House of Wittelsbach. As the first step towards union, James began standardising religious practices between the churches of England, Scotland and Ireland. The 17th-century belief that 'true religion' and 'good government' were one and the same meant disputes in one area fed into the other; Millenarianism and belief in the imminence of the Second Coming meant many Protestants viewed such issues as urgent and real.This book fills the gap, telling the whole saga in England, Scotland and Ireland (through Jacobite eyes), from James II's flight in 1688 until his grandson Henry IX's death in 1807. Despite his own Catholicism, James viewed the Protestant Church of Ireland as an important part of his support base; he insisted on retaining its legal pre-eminence, although agreeing landowners would only have to pay tithes to clergy of their own religion. In addition, the Adventurers' Act, approved by Charles in March 1642, funded suppression of the revolt by confiscating land from Irish Catholics, much of it owned by members of the Confederacy. Other family heirlooms contained reference to executed Jacobite martyrs, for which the movement preserved an unusual level of veneration.

This meant that following victory at Prestonpans in September, they preferred to negotiate, rather than invade England as Charles wanted. For their part, the Scots were disillusioned by lack of meaningful English or French support, despite constant assurances of both. With regard to the Scottish throne, however, James was not deposed until 4 April 1689, when the Scottish Convention of Estates declared that he had forfeited the crown. This almost certainly understates their numbers, for many sympathisers remained within the Church of England, but Non Jurors were disproportionately represented in Jacobite risings and riots, and provided many "martyrs". After the effective demise of the Jacobite cause in the 1750s, many Catholic gentry withdrew support from the Stuarts.This suited the Victorian depiction of Highlanders as a "martial race", distinguished by a tradition of a "misplaced loyalism" since transferred to the British crown. During the Seven Years' War in 1759, Charles met Choiseul, then Chief minister of France to discuss another invasion, but Choiseul dismissed him as "incapacitated by drink". It’s also worth saying that the Stuart Court in Exile was also maintained by money from the Irish Fitzwilliams of Merrion. Sophia died a few months before Anne, and Sophia's son, George I, consequently acceded to the British throne on Anne's death in 1714.

After various negotiations, both overt and covert, Charles moved to Breda in the Netherlands in April 1660, and the rest is Restoration.Aside from the brief Neo-Jacobite Revival in the years before the First World War, [29] and a handful of modern adherents, [30] any support for the Jacobite succession had disappeared by the end of the 18th century after it had been abandoned by even the inner core of its supporters. Senior surviving descendant of Henry Cardinal of York's great aunt, Henrietta of Orleans, who was the youngest sister of James II/VII. The Jacobite succession is the line through which Jacobites believed that the crowns of England, Scotland, and Ireland should have descended, applying primogeniture, since the deposition of James II and VII in 1688 and his death in 1701. Although the Stuarts were useful as a lever, their foreign backers generally had little interest in their restoration. The English Jacobites made it clear they would do nothing without foreign backing, which despite Charles's overtures to Frederick II of Prussia seemed unlikely.

Upon the extinction of the Royal Stuart line with the death of Henry, Cardinal of York, and applying male-preference primogeniture unaltered by the Act of Settlement 1701, the succession would have passed to the individuals named in the table below. The tables below set out the male-preference primogeniture line of succession, unaltered by those statutes. Rather than going immediately to North Britain, he visited his sister Mary, and her husband the Prince of Orange, at Den Haag. When Henry died childless, the Jacobite claim was then notionally inherited by Henry's nearest relative (a second cousin, twice removed), and then passed through a number of European royal families.George III came to the throne the following year – a sharp contrast to the ageing Charles, now a drunkard, who had conspicuously failed to produce an heir. For most of the period from 1690 to 1714, Parliament was either controlled by the Tories, or evenly split with the Whigs; when George I succeeded Anne, most hoped to reconcile with the new regime. Charles's reign was dominated by the expansionist policies of Louis XIV of France, seen as a threat to Protestant Europe. Following Charles's death, Scottish Catholics swore allegiance to the House of Hanover, and resolved two years later to pray for King George by name. A few Church of Ireland ministers refused to swear allegiance to the new regime and became Non-Jurors, the most famous being propagandist Charles Leslie.

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