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An Advantageous Alliance: Edinburgh And The Court Of James VI

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The Renaissance royal court in Scotland was highly active, variable in structure and originally peripatetic in nature. Several factors hampered the court's development throughout the sixteenth century. This is not to say, however, that there was no forward development of the court. The development that did occur can be closely tied to the court's relationship with Scotland's capital, Edinburgh. Although political relations between crown and burgh were often strained, this chapter focuses on the financial aspects of the crown-capital relationship. The court of James VI was multi-faceted. Although constrained by limited finances, James and Anna spent as a royal couple would be expected to spend - lavishly; however, while in Scotland, most expenditure was on personal adornments and gifts rather than on entertainment and ceremonies or palaces and household décor.

Keywords: crown-capital relationship; Edinburgh; James VI; Renaissance royal court; sixteenth century Scotland



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