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Early modern historians have theorized about the nature of the new 'British' history for a generation. This study examines how British politics operated in practice during the age of Mary, Queen of Scots, and explains how the crises of the mid-sixteenth century moulded the future political shape of the British Isles. A central figure in these struggles was the fifth earl of Argyll, the most powerful magnate not only at the court of Queen Mary, his sister-in-law, but throughout the three kingdoms. His domination of the Western Highlands and Islands drew him into the complex politics of the north of Ireland, while his Protestant commitment involved him in Anglo-Scottish relations. His actions also helped determine the Protestant allegiance of the British mainland and the political and religious complexion of Ireland. Argyll's career therefore demonstrates both the possibilities and the limitations of British history throughout the early modern period.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521037495
ISBN-10: 0521037492
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 276
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 12-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jane E. A. Dawson

Jane Dawson is John Laing Senior Lecturer in the History and Theology of the Reformation, University of Edinburgh.

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