June 30, 2016

Today in History: “Seven Immortals” summon William of Orange to overthrow King James II (1688)

John RobsonResident Historian
 

On June 30, in 1688, William of Orange received a letter from the “Seven Immortals” inviting him to bring an army to England, oust James II and assume the throne along with his wife, James’s Protestant daughter Mary. 

The “Immortals” were aristocratic toffs, Earls, Viscounts and Bishops, not the sort we’d expect to champion the rights of ordinary people. Indeed not people whose names we can recall today without Googling.

But they were statesman who crossed party lines and risked reputation, estate and life to defend the liberty of citizens. Whereas today the studiously common-touch politicians we elect by mass voting are partisan hacks who continually expand the powers of the state.

Perhaps we should recall the Seven Immortals after all.

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commented 2016-07-01 16:26:49 -0400
Today what likely would happen is that 7 immorals would go over to holland and invite a group of like in kind and invite them to the house of commies and they would chant to our INCDOOGE pm imam ( 4 more years) !!!

Interesting professor ROBSON , I didn’t know all the details before
commented 2016-07-01 13:03:46 -0400
Here in the UK/Scotland for two months. Former Scot, now living in the States. Vigorously supported and cheered when Brexit won. Ironic that you should have the above video on your website. Just watched a BBC series on “The Stuarts”, made in 2013 and learned that bit about James II. My Dad was an ORANGEMAN! Battle of the Boyne, King Billy and all that. A fascinating three part series — if you can find it in Canada it’s a must viewing. Bottom line: RELIGION is behind all wars, forget the oil meme. I despair of the UK and Scotland. The mental midget SNP leader, Sturgeon; the Wee Fish as I call her, doesn’t have a clue and Scotland is heading seriously into becoming a Socialist/Fascist country. The Wee Fish without a clue and the Big Clueless Prime Minister of Canada have lots in common. They say ad nauseum “we are doing it for our country, the environment, the economy and the welfare and safety of refugees and asylum seekers”. No mention of doing anything for the taxpayers and their constituents. As the Scots would say: Help Ma Boab!
commented 2016-07-01 08:53:49 -0400
MORE FREEDOM THROUGH LESS GOVERNMENT”..The National Citizen’s Coalition under former Prime Minister of a Free Canada:Stephen Harper. How Canada has fallen prey to those who WILL grow our government until we can no longer afford freedom.
commented 2016-07-01 01:07:21 -0400
Jack Pallance commented -" On with the Whigs, the champions of liberty! "

Not even close to today’s realities.
commented 2016-06-30 20:19:01 -0400
The “Seven Immortals” ARE RISING again. Revolution of the people is always because of Government over reach, tax burdens, overbearing policies and lawlessness of the Government/Oligarchy/Monarchy in charge. The boot of Tyranny on the throats of the people will always come down to the point of fight or be perpetually enslaved. We are fast approaching the tipping point. You cannot keep your head stuck permanently in the sand because your ass is still going to get kicked.
commented 2016-06-30 17:46:15 -0400
Down with James, the Tories, and the Church of England! On with the Whigs, the champions of liberty!
commented 2016-06-30 17:15:35 -0400
Another thought provoking lecture Professor Robson…..and delivered in a time frame bound to keep the attention of even the most ritalin resistant students.