Restoration Scotland, 1660-1690: Royalist Politics, Religion and Ideas

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Boydell Press, 2003 - History - 258 pages
In the twilight years of Scottish independence, the Restoration period witnessed both the triumph of Stuart absolutism and the radical Covenanting resistance of the "Killing Times" immortalised in presbyterian memory. This is the first account of this fascinating and dramatic period in Scottish history. It begins with the widespread popular royalism that acclaimed Charles II's return to power in 1660 and concludes by examining the collapse of royal authority that occurred under his brother, James VII & II, and the events of the Williamite Revolution of 1688-90. In reconstructing the world of late-seventeenth century Scotland, this book draws on an extensive range of printed and manuscript sources, the majority of which have never been used by historians before. Amidst current interest in Scottish political and parliamentary history before 1707, this book emphasises the dynamic and characteristic cosmopolitanism of Restoration intellectual culture as revealed from a range of national, British and Continental perspectives. In doing so, it challenges numerous historiographical orthodoxies, and modifies conventional understanding of pre-Enlightenment Scotland. CLARE JACKSON lectures in the history of political thought at the University of Cambridge.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Restoration Scotland
14
The Origins and Nature of the Scottish Monarchy
45
Constitutional Monarchy
73
The Politics of Religion
104
The Preservation of Order
131
The Defence of True Religion
163
The Revolution of 16881689
191
Conclusion
216
Bibliography
223
Index
251
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