*Stay with me for a quick foray into British politics: Remember Henry VIII? He managed to mess up the British monarchy a wee bit. When he divorced Catherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boleyn, the children of that marriage and any future marriages were, according to the Church, illegitimate and therefore ineligible to inherit the throne. The throne rightfully fell to Mary Tudor, and after her death, to Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. Mary Stuart’s son, James I of England (James VI of Scotland, long story) did in fact gain the throne after Elizabeth I’s death. His son, James II/VII, inherited, but was kicked out in the so-called “Glorious Revolution” of 1688, which boiled down to “We don’t want a Catholic king, so we’re inviting the nearest available Protestant monarchs to take over.” Technically, though, the throne should have gone to James Francis Edward Stuart, James II’s son, the husband of Maria Clementina; and following him, Charles Stuart, Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Copyright 2018 Rebecca Willen
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Rebecca's love of the written word led to her current roles as associate editor of trade books at Our Sunday Visitor, and Daily Gospel Reflections editor at CatholicMom.com. She is a nerdy Catholic, book addict, Shakespeare fangirl, amateur baker, and musician. Follow @NerdCornerBooks on Instagram for book recommendations.