Battlefield Britain

Season 1 Episode 6

Battle of the Boyne

Aired Unknown Sep 10, 2004 on BBC
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Battle of the Boyne
By 1688, Roman Catholic King James II had so alienated the Protestant majority of England that they ousted him from the throne. At the request of Parliament, William Prince of Orange became king and James fled to Ireland, his Catholic stronghold. William attacked the banks of the Boyne in July of 1690. Peter recounts each attempt by the Jacobites to repel the Williamites, while Dan attempts to understand the difficulties of the frontline troops who had to cross the river whilst keeping their gunpowder dry. The Battle of the Boyne was the last battle to be fought between two rivals for the British crown but left a legacy that would eventually lead to the last stand battle on British soil, the battle of Culloden, 50 years later.moreless

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