Scott Sowerby

Aug 23, 2013

Making Toleration

The Repealers and the Glorious Revolution

Harvard University Press 2013

purchase at We all know that the "victors" generally write history. The "losers," then, often get a bum rap. Such was the case with King James II. He's got a pretty poor reputation, largely due to the purveyors of the "Whig Interpretation of History." They claimed that James II was a tyrant who tried to impose Catholicism on the United Kingdom. But, as Scott Sowerby shows in his new book Making Toleration: The Repealers and the Glorious Revolution (Harvard UP, 2013), James II was really no such thing. Actually, he was the head of a movement to repeal many of religious restrictions (the "Test Act") put in place after the Civil War. He favored toleration, at least of a limited sort. Listen to Scott tell his story and that of the "repealers."

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