James II, King of England

Other name: 
Duke of York
visitor when he was still Duke of York
Birth or Baptism date: 
October 14, 1633
Death or Burial date: 
September 16, 1701

James, the Duke of York, succeeded his father to the throne of England in 1685. He was the last Catholic king of England.

Leeuwenhoek dedicated Anatomia seu interiora rerum, a collection of his letters in Latin, to King James II in 1687.

Less than three years after James became King, during the Glorious Revolution in 1688, he was replaced by his daugher, Mary, and her husband, Dutch stadholder William III, both Protestants.

In the late 1670's James lived in exile, mostly in Brussels. He was in the Dutch Republic for only a couple of weeks in the fall of 1679, when he visited Leeuwenhoek.

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