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The politics of religion in the age of Mary, Queen of Scots : the Earl of Argyll and the struggle for Britain and Ireland /
Jane E.A. Dawson.
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Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
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xvii, 251 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521809967
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Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
isbn
0521809967
catalogue key
4700440
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 230-243) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-02-01:
Archibald Campbell, fifth earl of Argyll (1558-73), was a leading Scottish aristocrat, chief of Clan Campbell, and lord of the Western Highlands, who had to balance conflicting loyalties to clan, country, and crown. An early follower of John Knox and ardent supporter of the reformed religion, Argyll sought cooperation with Scotland's enemy England in the common defense of Protestantism. His broad British perspective foundered after Elizabeth and Cecil's reversion to England's traditional pursuit of hegemony over the isles. Dawson commends Argyll for his far-sighted statesmanship. In the civil war after 1567, Argyll supported the cause of Queen Mary, even after her abdication and flight to England, and in spite of their religious differences. Unhappily married to Jane Stewart, natural daughter of James V, he pursued a bitterly contested divorce that revealed the darker side of his character. Argyll died "of the stone" in 1573 at age 35. A welcome addition to Scottish Reformation studies, this work sheds new light on the murky politics in Scotland at the time of the Queen of Scots. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. J. Kovarovic Northwestern Oklahoma State University
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"A key aim of Jane E.A. Dawson's book is to explore the 'new British history'--the history of the mutual influences of the three kingdoms--via the career of a man who linked all three. It succeeds triumphantly. This is a work of mature scholarship, rooted in a wide range of manuscript and printed sources and in deep reflection on the early modern 'British problem'.... This book deserves to be widely influential in sixteenth-century studies.... succinct and masterful." American Historical Review
"...a valuable and accessible study which sheds useful further light on the dimensions of the British problem in early modern Scotland, England, and Ireland." Renaissance and Reformation
"A welcome addition to Scottish Reformation studies, this work sheds new light on the murky politics in Scotland at the time of the Queen of Scots. Upper-division undergraduates and above." Choice
"Dawson's recent work is a noteworthy addition to early modern Scotland and British studies." Canadian Journal of History
"Dawson's thorough research and clear writing style makes reading this biography easy, as well as a joy. Her book is a worthwhile addition to Cambridge University Press's long-running series on early modern British history, and is essential reading on early modern Scotland." Anglican and Episcopal History
"Dr. Dawson is to be congratulated for her well-researched and masterly study of Argyll as a 'Britis' statesman, exploring his triple role as Gaelic chief, Scottish statesman, and British strategist. The volume is agreeably produced...The work is a welcome contribution to the 'new' approach to early-modern British history." The Catholic Historical Review James Kirk, University of Glasgow
"This book is a valuable contribution to the study of a crucial period in the formation of what became known as the British Isles. Too often this period is discussed in separate studies of England and Scotland, and England and Ireland. Dawson's work should ensure that the interconnectedness of all three areas, long before 1603, cannot be ignored in the future." Sixteenth Century Journal
"This is a valuable book in its own right, and a fine example of how "British history" can be written." Journal of Modern History
'Tudor specialists will read this with much profit ... wide-ranging ... This is a fine book, clearly written and well structured ...'. Journal of Ecclesiastical History
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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.
Description for Bookstore
During his brief political career, Archibald Campbell, 5th earl of Argyll (1530 73) played a crucial role in the mid-century upheavals in Scottish and British politics. This is a definitive study on Argyll, a major contribution to Scottish political history, and a significant new contribution to the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. Study of his career switches significantly the axis of mid-Tudor studies as well as transforming the study of the dynamics of Scottish history. Important European contexts and resonances are also explored.
Description for Bookstore
This book explains how the political crises of the mid-sixteenth century moulded the future political shape of the British Isles. Its central figure is the fifth earl of Argyll, the brother-in-law of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the major force throughout the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands.
Main Description
During his brief political career, Archibald Campbell, 5th earl of Argyll (1530-73) played a crucial role in the mid-century upheavals in Scottish and British politics. This definitive study on Argyll is a major contribution to Scottish political history, and a significant new contribution to the history of the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. The study of his career changes significantly the axis of mid-Tudor studies as well as the study of the dynamics of Scottish history. Important European contexts and resonances are also explored.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
List of figures
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Prologue: 1560: British policies and the British context
Argyll's life and character
Semi-sovereign prince
The creation of a British policy: 1558âÇô1560
The collapse of amity: 1561âÇô1565
The reconfiguration of British politics: 1566âÇô1568
The withdrawal from British politics: 1569âÇô1573
Conclusion: the earl of Argyll and British politics in the age of the three kingdoms
Chronology, 1558âÇô1573
Bibliography
Index
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