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Noble Power in Scotland from the Reformation to the Revolution$
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Keith M Brown

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748612987

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612987.001.0001

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Noble Power and Politics, 1560–1603

Noble Power and Politics, 1560–1603

(p.1) Chapter 1 Noble Power and Politics, 1560–1603
Noble Power in Scotland from the Reformation to the Revolution

Keith M. Brown

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the tensions within the political community, on those fissures that broke apart the consensus that made government possible. It observes that ideas about resistance, implacable religious divisions and a legacy of weak government and civil war that fed the worst attributes of a feuding society all threatened to make the kingdom ungovernable. It also discusses and highlights the nobility's ambivalence towards resistance as James VI came of age, an increasing disenchantment with religious politics, and a growing unease at the escalation of feuding. It explains that the power of individual nobles, and even factions of nobles, could be broken by the crown when it exploited the natural conservatism of noble society and deployed the power of other nobles in its cause. It emphasizes that James VI's removal to England in 1603 changed forever the political landscape of Scotland, altering in the process the relationship between crown and nobility.

Keywords:   political community, resistance, civil war, James VI, religious politics, nobles, England, Scotland, crown, nobility

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