Today in History
November 04, 1677
William of Orange and Mary Stuart, Two for the Throne
William, Prince of Orange, marries his first cousin Mary Stuart, at the urging of both their families. In 1689, after invading England to challenge the reign of his father-in-law, James II, William and Mary become William III and Mary II, the first joint sovereigns in British history. Together they agree to abide by the English Bill of Rights, which stipulates, among other things, that monarchs cannot levy taxes without the consent of Parliament or impose cruel and unusual punishment. The document will later inspire American colonists to agitate for their own rights.
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