War of the Grand Alliance


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War of the Grand Alliance

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(Historical Terms) the war (1689–97) waged by the Grand Alliance, led by Britain, the Netherlands, and Austria, against Louis XIV of France, following his invasion (1688) of the Palatinate
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Noun1.War of the Grand Alliance - an aggressive war waged by Louis XIV against Spain and the Holy Roman Empire and England and Holland and other states (1689-1697)
battle of Boyne, Boyne - a battle in the War of the Grand Alliance in Ireland in 1690; William III defeated the deposed James II and so ended the Catholicism that had been reintroduced in England by the Stuarts
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McGarry, a historian and author, chronicles the origins, formation, recruitment, and activities of the Irish Brigades fighting abroad from King James II's reign of England, Scotland, and Ireland in 1685 and the War of the Grand Alliance in 1688 to the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and the disbandment of the Irish Brigades in France and Spain.
At first appearances, it offers a grand synthesis of the four major wars between France and Britain during the colonial period of American history: the War of the Grand Alliance, 1688-1697 (King William's War); the War of the Spanish Succession, 1701-1714 (Queen Anne's War); the War of the Austrian Succession, 1740-1748 (King George's War); and the Seven Years War, 1756-1763 (the French and Indian War).
There is an energy in this passage that appears to revel in the destructive powers of the new mortars that had created such devastation during the War of the Grand Alliance, and this raises questions about Defoe's seeming insensitivity to the terrible battlefield casualties suffered by England at Landen, Steenkirk, and Namur.

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