Sep. 16th, 2015

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Died on this day in 1701 aged 67 King James VII of Scotland & II of England (my toy,wikipedia). Scandalised the country by marrying a commoner (Anne Hyde) after his brother Charles was restored to the throne. James converted to Catholicism, which was extremely unpopular and King Charles insisted that his daughters (Mary and Anne) be raised as Protestants. After the death of his first wife James married Mary of Modena, an Italian Catholic. A Catholic king was so unpopular that Parliament basically invited William the Orange (and his wife Mary, James' daughter) to invade from the Netherlands.

Born on this day in 1627 to Frederick V Elector Palatine and Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, Philip of the Palatinate (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of James VI and I. Born in exile in the Hague, Philip never got to live in the Palatinate. After killing a man in a duel (or possibly 'just' a fight) he became a mercenary and fought for the Duke of Lorraine.

Also meeeeee. (I'm not in the database though). Floppy smurfday to me. I am a power of 2.
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Reading: Last First Snow. Apparently have had less time to read this week. I'm liking it.


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