By Barry Coward
Protecting the interval from the accession of James I to the dying of Queen Anne, this significant other presents a magisterial evaluate of the ‘long' 17th century in British background. contains unique contributions via major students of the interval supplies a magisterial review of the ‘long' 17th century offers a severe connection with historic debates approximately Stuart Britain deals new insights into the main political, spiritual and financial alterations that happened in this interval contains bibliographical assistance for college kids and students
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The alternative 'new British' narrative ofstate formation has cast the multiple kingdoms on a transitional stage from a composite England to a unified kingdom of Britain and Ireland marked by parliamentary incorporation,administrative and religious uniformity,and elite integration. The accession of James VI of Scotland to the English throne in 1603 paved the way for the United Kingdom of Great Britain in 1 7 0 7 , t o which Ireland was added in 1801 (cf. Murdoch 1998). Yet the move from regal union to parliamentary union in the seventeenth century was neither inevitable nor seamless.
The willingness of the emergent Covenanting Movement to effect revolution through warfare,not only offered a radical corrective to imperial monarchy,but also initiated the one momentous Scottish check to the prevailing Britannic and Gothic perspectives in the seventeenth century. V The National Covenant established a written constitution that prioritized parliamentary supremacy within a religious and constitutional compact between God,king and people. It made a fundamental distinction between the office ofthe monarch and the person of the king which sustained loyalty to the house of Stuart,but not necessarily to Charles I.
Others in the Army considered that England was not fully settled as a republic. With the quashing of Leveller mutinies and a formidable force of Covenanters and royalists uniting in a patriotic accommodation to support Charles II,there were fewdissenting English voices to the invasion ofScotland in 1650 (Barber 1995: 1 9 5 - 2 2 1 ) . In projecting an exclusive Englishness,Cromwell went further than Elizabeth Tudor in pushing the frontiers of English hegemony to include all three kingdoms. Indeed,his regime's recourse to Borough and Selden to assert dominion over the British seas surrounding the multiple kingdoms,his imposition ofNavigation Laws in 1651,his treaties of commercial confederation with Northern European powers,his waging ofthe First Dutch War in 1652-4 and his seizure ofJamaica in 1655,denote Cromwell as England's Gothic emperor (Woolrych 1986: 2 7 4 - 3 1 1 ) .
A Companion to Stuart Britain (Blackwell Companions to British History) by Barry Coward