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An Uncounselled King: Charles I and the Scottish Troubles, by Peter Donald

By Peter Donald

The concept that of kingship as Charles I understood it was once challenged by means of the Covenanters in a fight of protest over the govt. of Scotland. even if many features of this episode have bought historic cognizance, Charles's personal function has no longer hitherto been investigated intimately. utilizing a wide physique of newly on hand facts, Dr Donald right here makes an attempt to redress the stability, and in doing so deals a considerably new standpoint at the Scottish issues within the problem years of 1637-41. This research sheds mild at the strategies wherein Charles, with tips and but frequently despite it, attempted to uphold his case.

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Various private suits were born of the former matter, and controversy arose over the planned taxation, but dispute over proposed legislation bearing on the church drew much of the limelight. 102 Another petition was organised, to be signed by two members from the three lay groups represented, the nobility, the shire and the burgh commissioners. It was hostile to the intention to ratify the 1621 statute on the Perth Articles, and further levelled criticism at the heavy taxation proposals. However, it was not in the end presented.

V, pp. 219-20. NLS Wod. Fo. 43, fols. 225, 227-8. NLS Wod. Fo. 42, fols. 233-4. The original account was probably written by Sir William Alexander for the king. Cf. W. Scot, An Apologeticall Narration of the State and Government of the Kirk of Scotland Since the Reformation, WS (Edinburgh, 1846), pp. 327-9; J. , Edinburgh, 1842), vol. I, pp. 142-3; GD 22/1/518. See also Lee, The Road to Revolution, pp. 99-100. Lee, The Road to Revolution, pp. 128, 131-3. For James and parliaments, see Wormald, Court, Kirk and Community, pp.

C. , Edinburgh, 1885), vol. I, pp. 6 2 - 4 . For another measure of the continuity with James, cf. NLS Wod. Fo. 4 3 , fol. 2 0 6 . Lee, The Road to Revolution, pp. 63-4. N o t a b l y in the w o r k of Robert Baillie - EUL N e w College M s . X 1 5 b 3 / 1 , vol. II, fols. 4 4 - 6 7 , 1 1 4 - 1 6 . Copies of his w o r k were circulated - N L S W o d . Fo. 4 2 , fols. 2 7 0 - 8 6 . For other like products, cf. NLS Wod. Fo. 43, fol. 254; Wod. Fo. 64, fol. 193. 97 However, silenced on the official record was a supplication to organise the Estates into petitioning for relief from the enforcement of the Five Articles of Perth.

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