Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by Mort the Reaper, Aug 15, 2019.
What if Charles II of England was able to have legitimate children? How would it affect history?
It depends how old the children are when Charles die. If the new King or Queen is of age, there should be no problem. If (s)he's under age, there'll be a regent but it won't be Catherine of Braganza or the Duke of York, as they're Roman Catholics.
First consequence I can see: since James will never become king, there'll be no Jacobites (and all that it implies) and the Stuart dynasty will probably remain on the throne.
As Brita says, if the children are of a reasonable age, then when Charles dies, the eldest child ascends the throne. It is also likely that the exclusion crisis is butterflied from existing and therefore, all that shit doesn't happen. Monmouth isn't exiled, and there is no Monmouth rebellion down the line. Also possible the test acts don't happen
With Catherine of Braganza a Roman Catholic, would we not see the same issues as with Mary of Modena and James Stuart, just brought forward a number of years?
Unless Charles explicitly states Charles Jr must be raised a protestant, or perhaps Catherine dies in childbirth and thus her influence is limited?
At a long shot, she survives childbirth but the Popish Plot results in her being found guilty and she's imprisoned in the Tower?
Doubt there's a Popish plot here. Charles would be sane enough to insisyt his kids are raised Anglican.
Charles II's children will be Protestant or Charles II loses his head like his father. Parliament and the country just would not accept a decision to raise them Catholic. Indeed tutors etc would be probably picked by Parliament to guard against Papist Plots. Got to remember Charles II was very aware he was king only as long as he conformed.
That said, with no Catholic Pretenders abroad, anti-Catholic measures would be lessened and fade away quicker due to less fear. No Glorious Revolution and British interest in the Continent is also lessened ( apart from trade ). You can end up with a very different American situation later if Britain is not getting involved on the continent and just fights Colonial Wars.
Charles was smart enough to
Know that otl so see no reason why he wouldn’t be here. And would t he choose the tutors for his kids like he did for Mary and Anne otl?
I read this as Charles II of Spain having legitimate children and that's a whole 'nother ball of wax.
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