James II ascended to the throne on this day in 1685. An article in History Today, Maurice Ashley suggests that he doesn’t deserve his reputation.
I am still too in the thrall of the Whig tradition to be totally convinced. To quote Ashley, “Hume … observed in his History of England that James ‘was become a great patron of toleration and an enemy to all those persecuting laws which, from the influence of the Church, had been enacted against the Dissenters and the Catholics.’”
Is history really just past politics?