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date: 03 June 2020

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This chapter explores the continuing importance of the Bible in the latter part of the seventeenth century and its centrality to the legitimation of the Glorious Revolution. William and Mary’s accession to the throne was celebrated by many commentators of the period as the glorious triumph of Protestantism over the Roman Catholic Church, and the providential narratives of the era relied on a set of well-developed scriptural tropes, in Isaiah, Paul, and the Book of Revelation, which had become key texts validating the Church of England’s claim to be the true church and the true bride of Christ since England’s break with Rome. Attending in particular to the writings of the royal chaplain, bishop, and historian, Gilbert Burnet, a key apologist for the new Protestant monarchy, the chapter traces how the Glorious Revolution prompted many to turn to the Bible to find validation or condemnation of the new monarchs.

Keywords: Bible and Glorious Revolution, anti-Catholicism, Protestant interpretation of Revelation, Gilbert Burnet

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