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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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(p.238) Conclusion
Noble Power in Scotland from the Reformation to the Revolution

Keith M. Brown

Edinburgh University Press

This concluding chapter poses a question about noble power which primarily investigates aspects of political power. It notes that there are other forms of power: economic, social, and cultural power alongside overtly political power. It opines that Scottish nobles conformed to the European norm of ensuring continuity through energetic adaptation. It explains that the nobility was well-positioned to protect and even enhance their political power, given the success of noble society in ensuring the structural and cultural foundations of noble power. It points out the three key issues that impinged on noble power in discussing the turbulent politics of later sixteenth-century Scottish politics: resistance to royal authority; engagement in politicised religion; and involvement in disorder.

Keywords:   noble power, political power, Scottish nobles, resistance, royal authority, politicised religion, disorder

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