James II, 1688, Silver Medal

James II, 1688, Silver Medal
Gaspar Fagel was a Dutch statesman who represented William of Orange in the period before his accession to the British throne. James employed a Scottish lawyer named Stewart to ask Fagel to lobby William on the abolition of the Test Act, with the aim of making public office in Britain open to Roman Catholics. His approach was unsuccessful, William declaring that the act did not undermine religious tolerance in Britain per se. Whatever the true nature of religious tolerance between worshippers, at government level widespread resistance to the likelihood of a Catholic succession, and the close ties with Catholic France which would naturally ensue led both major British political parties to unite and invite William and Mary to the throne.

king standing facing, head left, holding trident and lowering his right hand to altar, above which is a second trident

goddess Ardoksho enthroned facing

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