Editor says, what if Anne Stanley had succeeded Elizabeth I? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality Robert Cecil chose James Stuart. While James and the Parliament struggled, a complete break occurred under James' heir Charles I in the First and Second Civil Wars. The Stuarts were restored in 1660 but ousted again in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Anne Stanley lived a troubled life; she and her son brought her second husband Sir Mervyn Tuchet, 2nd Earl of Castlehaven, to trial on accusations of rape and sodomy, culminating in his beheading in 1631 and the establishment of the right of an injured wife to testify. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.