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Scotland in Revolution, 1685-1690$
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Alasdair Raffe

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474427579

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427579.001.0001

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King James’s Scotland

King James’s Scotland

(p.9) 1 King James’s Scotland
Scotland in Revolution, 1685-1690

Alasdair Raffe

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter introduces the political culture and summarises the main events of James VII’s Scottish reign. It traces the continuities between the Restoration settlement of 1661–2 and the 1680s, especially in the crown’s attempts to enforce religious uniformity and to increase its power. After examining James’s rejection of uniformity in favour of toleration, it argues that he aggressively asserted his authority as an ‘absolute’ king, but lacked a systematic programme to increase his power.

Keywords:   King James VII and II, religious uniformity and dissent, royal government, parliament, absolutism

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