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The Headaches Of Monarchy: Kingship And The Kirk In The Early Seventeenth Century

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In discussing James's attitude towards the kirk, both Conrad Russell and John Morrill, writing from the British perspective, see it in comparatively mild terms; for Russell it was cosmetic, for Morrill a matter of congruity. James had a keen sense of the common ground between all the churches, those of the Protestant Reformation, the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox churches. There is much significance, in the date of the tract against the Five Articles by George Gillespie, which trumpeted in its title the idea of Anglicisation, Dispute against the English-Popish Ceremonies obtruded upon the Church of Scotland: 1637. Michael Lynch's insight, that one cannot pinpoint James's part-responsibility for the troubles of his son, but neither can one absolve him, stands as the most perceptive analysis of this most complex period. Yet it can also be said, that James VI had headaches in Scotland. Charles I caused them.

Keywords: Anglicisation; Charles I; church of Scotland (1637); Conrad Russell; James's five articles; kirk; Michael Lynch; Protestant reformation



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