King James II of England (who was also James VII of Scotland) inherited the throne in 1685 upon the death of his brother, Charles II. James II was unpopular because of his attempts to increase the power of the monarchy and restore the Catholic faith. Deposed in the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688-89, he fled to France. His daughter and son-in-law succeeded him as Queen Mary II and King William III. James II died in 1701.
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James II by John Miller. Biography from the Yale English Monarchs series.
James II: The Last Catholic King by David Womersley. The short, action-packed reign of James II (1685-88) was one of the most catastrophic in British history.
James VII: Duke and King of Scots, 1633-1701 by Alastair J. Mann. Investigating the personality and motives of James II (of England) and VII (of Scotland), this biography assesses him as king, family man, and Restoration libertine.
Samuel Pepys and the Strange Wrecking of the Gloucester: The Shipwreck That Shocked Restoration Britain by Nigel Pickford. In 1682, a ship carrying future king James II sank, killing some 200 people. Was someone onboard to blame?
The Army of James II, 1685-1688: The Birth of the British Army by Stephen Ede-Borrett. Reveals the importance of the last Stuart king in the creation of the British Army.
James II and the Trial of the Seven Bishops by William Gibson. The trial of seven bishops in 1688 was a prelude to the Glorious Revolution, as popular support for the bishops led to widespread welcome for William of Orange's invasion.
James II and the First Modern Revolution: The End of Absolute Monarchy by John Van Der Kiste. How the obstinate, arrogant king alienated his subjects, the aristocracy. and the church.
A Court in Exile: The Stuarts in France, 1689-1718 by Edward Corp. After James II was deposed, he established his court in France. The book describes his court and the close relationships between the British and French royal families.
James II: King in Exile by John Callow. Reassesses James's strategy for dealing with his downfall and exile, presenting a portrait of a man who planned for great political rewards and popular acclaim.
The Countess and the King: A Novel of the Countess of Dorchester and King James II by Susan Holloway Scott. Novel about Katherine Sedley, a royal mistress forced to make the most perilous of choices: to remain loyal to the king, or to England.
The Crown for a Lie by Jane Lane. Novel about how James II lost his throne.