By Barry Coward

Masking the interval from the accession of James I to the dying of Queen Anne, this spouse presents a magisterial assessment of the ‘long' 17th century in British heritage. includes unique contributions via top students of the interval offers a magisterial evaluation of the ‘long' 17th century presents a severe connection with historic debates approximately Stuart Britain bargains new insights into the key political, spiritual and monetary alterations that happened in this interval contains bibliographical suggestions for college kids and students

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The construct of a territorially expansive Britain was rationalized by the antiquarian William C a m d e n , i n his final version of Britannia prepared in 1607 (Woolf 1990: 5 5 - 6 4 , 1 1 5 - 2 5 ) . Camden's concept ofBritain underwrote English claims to be an exclusive empire, that the English were an elect Protestant nation with a Christian tradition under an Erastian episcopacy unbeholden to R o m e , a n d that its civilizing mission had been refined by conquest and invasion. T h u s , L o n d o n , t h e old Roman foundation,was now the metropolitan capital ofa composite British Empire whose territories encompassed the Anglo-Saxon heptarchy as well as Wales and Cornwall.

Although its political independence had been regained formally,Scotland,like Ireland,operated effectively as a satellite state over the next three decades. The Scottish and Irish parliaments,like the Caribbean colonies,awarded a substantive annuity from their excise to Charles II for life,an award that obviated the need for regular parliaments to vote supply. While the continuity of military governors-general and colonial administration has been well attested with respect to Ireland (Webb 1979: 329-466),Scotland became a training ground for the oppressive use ofthe militia as well as regular forces.

As close agreement was apparent on the fundamentals of jus in both Scotland and England,Riccarton contended that there need be no insurmountable obstacle to the harmonizing of civil and common laws. James had admonished the English parliament in 1607 that the civil framework of government in Scotland should not be sacrificed by an imperial construct in which English common law would invariably predominate (Levack 1994: 2 1 3 - 4 0 ) . Despite Riccarton's promptings on the joint commission,perfect union tended to be interpreted on the English side as the full integration of both government and laws.

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