A Companion to Stuart Britain (Blackwell Companions to by Barry Coward

By Barry Coward

Overlaying the interval from the accession of James I to the loss of life of Queen Anne, this better half offers a magisterial evaluate of the ‘long' 17th century in British background. contains unique contributions through top students of the interval provides a magisterial evaluate of the ‘long' 17th century offers a severe connection with historic debates approximately Stuart Britain deals new insights into the most important political, non secular and monetary adjustments that happened in this interval comprises bibliographical tips for college students and students

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Such were Scottish antipathies that the hangman in Edinburgh publicly burned pamphlets advocating English claims ofsuzerainty. The Scottish Estates remunerated published rebuttals. Alexander Fletcher ofSaltoun,as a committed opponent ofEnglish influence on Scottish affairs, made much of the constitutional and economic slavery of Ireland (Robertson 1995: 1 9 8 - 2 2 7 ) . Notwithstanding such polemical rhetoric,Scottish politicians generally preferred confederation or a federal arrangement. But the English were intent on parliamentary incorporation,which was facilitated by the Scottish sense of defeatism occasioned by the Darien fiasco.

The driving force behind British confederation,Archibald Campbell,marquis of Argyll,attempted to transcend such divisions in a celebrated speech to the Grand Committee ofBoth Houses in June 1646. The imperative ofconfederal action was maintained steadfastly. The English parliament should not negotiate unilaterally with Charles I , a n d the Scottish armies in England and Ireland should be supplied promptly. Escalating public indebtedness,as well as the patent mistrust engendered by Charles I,were primary considerations moving Argyll and his associates to transfer the king from the custody of the Covenanting army to the English parliament for £400,000 sterling in January 1647.

There were,however, 14 ALLAN I. MACINNES two representational difficulties. All maps accompanying the texts of Camden and Speed,as those by Blaeu and other Dutch cartographers,only recognized the waters of the Channel as 'the British Seas'. Moreover,contemporaneous English maps were Dutch engraved,with the result that Dutch ships were depicted as sailing freely around the British Isles on open rather than closed seas! (Moreland and Bannister 2000: 2 1 7 - 2 3 . ) The common fishing was an integral aspect of British uniformity associated with William Laud's promotion of 'thorough' in church and state.

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