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‘Dancing To The French Tune?:’ Scotland Between England And France

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Cromwell's quotation of the famous adage in 1523 raises a number of problems in the context of the Anglo-French War. Early in 1540, Cromwell's confidant Ralph Sadler was despatched to Edinburgh to explore the state of affairs there. Sadler's brief was partly to encourage a rift between James V and Cardinal Beaton by suggesting that the Cardinal was trying to usurp secular jurisdiction by seeking to protect certain men arrested for treason who were his friends. Henry had not even bothered to write his sister Margaret a letter when Sadler travelled to Edinburgh and the envoy's interview with her was perfunctory. For the French, the defeat of their ally and the death of James in December 1542 transformed the nature of their relations with England.

Keywords:Cromwell; England; France; Ralph Sadler; Scotland

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