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William and Mary are the last monarchs without a book.

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William of Orange and Mary Stuart almost had their English Monarch series book. ‘William and Mary’ by Graham Gibbs was listed on the back cover of Edward the Confessor in 1970 but it remains another unpublished title. Graham Gibbs taught at Birkbeck College London, was Reader Emeritus in History at the University of London, and was active in history scholarship in the 1960s and 1970s. Gibbs predominately wrote articles for academic journals and his specialty was British foreign policy in the early Eighteenth Century and the Huguenot contribution to the intellectual life in England and the Dutch Republic. Two later publications were found: one with Gibbs as a contributor to a 1985 conference on the Huguenots, and a University of Cambridge publication dated 1991. The latest published presence for Gibbs found was a review for War In History Volume 9, number 1 written in 2001 of 'The Anglo-Dutch Wars of the Seventeenth Century' by J.R. Jones. This was written under the name G.C. Gibbs, possibly to distinguish his name from another Graham Gibbs at the University Huddersfield who is a mathematician and computer scientist. Gibbs was also given acknowledgement by John Miller for assistance in his biography of Charles II (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1991). Beyond that no trace of Graham Gibbs the historian could be found.

While William and Mary have been short-changed when it comes to biographers one title is likely to please readers of the English Monarchs series. ‘William and Mary’ by Henri and Barbara Van Der Zee (1973), reprinted in the UK by Penguin in 1988 as a paperback to mark 300th anniversary of the accession to the throne of William and Mary.

Henri Van Der Zee (1934-2013) and Barbara Griggs (dates unknown - even the British Library has no birth year for her, which is unusual) were journalists who met in London when Henri re-located there after leaving the Netherlands. Their book, whose authorship perfectly mirrors the joint reign of William and Mary, is still the most informative biography of these two monarchs. Although not historians by profession, the Van Der Zee’s tell in referenced detail and in over 500 pages the story of this neglected late-Stuart reign. Barbara Greggs is still writing, authoring books on health and herbalism and, according to her publisher, lives in London.

'William and Mary' is long out of print but can be found easily enough from used book vendors on the internet and is highly recommended. It comes in two versions: The original British edition by Macmillan and the simultaneously published American edition by Knopf.

Appropriately, this book was translated into Dutch for a 1975 hardback release called 'Willem en Mary' and published in Amsterdam by H.J. Paris; ISBN 9789060061657.

If it’s a Yale book you seek, an alternative would be the 2011 published title by Professor Stephen Pincus,‘1688: The First Modern Revolution’ which is not a biography but a history of the events leading up to the advent of William and Mary. Professor Pincus also has the distinction of holding a post at Yale where since 2005 he has taught in his speciality of 17th- and 18th-century European history.

William III and Mary II


Buy the Van Der Zee's book:

The Knopf edition from Amazon USA or ABE

ISBN 9780394480923

The Macmillan edition from Amazon UK or ABE

ISBN  9780333124512

The Penguin paperback from Amazon UK or ABE

ISBN 9780140106916

The Dutch language version from Amazon UK or ABE

ISBN 9789060061657

Buy 1688 from Amazon USA

ISBN  9780300171433

William and Mary in a composite image copied from a set of paired portraits dated 1690 (see here and here) from the studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723). These images were widely copied and sent around Europe. The portraits are held by The Royal Collection Trust at Windsor Castle.

No Yale or Methuen book published