Teacher's Notes

British Library Learning aims to inspire people to develop their own research skills and ability to think creatively.  In this topic, students can look both at the historical issues and the type of language used in the source documents. Historical documents can be difficult for students to read and this is reflected here. 

A major feature of this topic is that the views presented are generally polarised in a fairly obvious way; to support either James or William. This is reinforced particularly by the individual personal accounts published by the two men. This polarisation can lead to much useful work on the nature of evidence, propaganda, bias and perspective. Other ways in which pupils could be encouraged to show their understanding of the two points of view include:

  • Writing an account giving James' thoughts as he tries to flee to France
  • Making group presentations identifying and justifying what they consider to be the most important factor leading to the departure of James II
  • Writing an account from the perspective of a landowner who lives on the route of William's march from Devon towards London, trying to decide whether he will support the newcomer or stand by the old king