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From Persecution to TolerationThe Glorious Revolution and Religion in England$
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Ole Peter Grell, Jonathan I. Israel, and Nicholas Tyacke

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201960

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201960.001.0001

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William III and Toleration

William III and Toleration

(p.129) 6. William III and Toleration
From Persecution to Toleration

Jonathan I. Israel

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on William III and his contribution to the cause of religious toleration and advancement of religious and intellectual programs in Britain, in the Dutch Republic, and in the North American colonies. It describes how the Dutch Republic provided a working model of religious toleration. It also shows that William's need for foreign allies led him to support the cause of Catholic toleration as well. Before William II set sail for England, he reiterated his previous assurances that he would safeguard Catholic worship in Britain and would ensure that British Catholics received very moderate, that is, tolerant, treatment.

Keywords:   William III, religious toleration, Britain, Dutch Republic, North American colonies, Catholic toleration

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