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The Duke of Monmouth Pleading for his Life Before King James II
By John Pettie
Depiction of a scene between James II and the Duke of Monmouth, after the failure of the Monmouth rebellion in 1685. 
The Duke lies face downwards on the floor, his hands tied behind his back, crawling at the feet of the King pleading for his life. 
James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, was an illegitimate son of Charles II and pretender to the British throne. On Charles II’s death in 1685, he led an expedition to Britain from abroad but was defeated and captured by James, brother of Charles. He tried to purchase his life by a slavish submission and offer to take on the Roman faith. James refused to accept the offer. Monmouth eventually met his death at the Tower of London in 1685.

The Duke of Monmouth Pleading for his Life Before King James II

By John Pettie

Depiction of a scene between James II and the Duke of Monmouth, after the failure of the Monmouth rebellion in 1685.

The Duke lies face downwards on the floor, his hands tied behind his back, crawling at the feet of the King pleading for his life. 

James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, was an illegitimate son of Charles II and pretender to the British throne. On Charles II’s death in 1685, he led an expedition to Britain from abroad but was defeated and captured by James, brother of Charles. He tried to purchase his life by a slavish submission and offer to take on the Roman faith. James refused to accept the offer. Monmouth eventually met his death at the Tower of London in 1685.

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