Rethinking the Scottish Revolution: Covenanted Scotland, 1637-51

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The English revolution is one of the most intensely-debated events in history; parallel events in Scotland have never attracted the same degree of interest. Rethinking the Scottish Revolution argues for a new interpretation of the seventeenth-century Scottish revolution that goes beyond questions about its radicalism, and reconsiders its place within an overarching 'British' narrative.

In this volume, Laura Stewart analyses how interactions between print and manuscript polemic, crowds, and political performances enabled protestors against a Prayer Book to destroy Charles I's Scottish government. Particular attention is given to the way in which debate in Scotland was affected by the emergence of London as a major publishing centre. The subscription of the 1638 National Covenant occurred within this context and further politicized subordinate social groups that included women. Unlike in England, however, public debate was contained. A remodelled constitution revivified the institutions of civil and ecclesiastical governance, enabling Covenanted Scotland to pursue interventionist policies in Ireland and England - albeit at terrible cost to the Scottish people.
War transformed the nature of state power in Scotland, but this achievement was contentious and fragile. A key weakness lay in the separation of ecclesiastical and civil authority, which justified for some a strictly conditional understanding of obedience to temporal authority. Rethinking the Scottish Revolution explores challenges to legitimacy of the Covenanted constitution, but qualifies the idea that Scotland was set on a course to destruction as a result. Covenanted government was overthrown by the new model army in 1651, but its ideals persisted. In Scotland as well as England, the language of liberty, true religion, and the public interest had justified resistance to Charles I. The Scottish revolution embedded a distinctive and durable political culture that ultimately proved resistant to assimilation into the nascent British state.

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Laura A.M. Stewart is senior lecturer in early modern British history at Birkbeck, University of London. After completing her PhD at Edinburgh University (2003), she was awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2005). Her first book, Urban Politics and the British Civil Wars: Edinburgh, 1617-53 was published in 2006. She has published widely on seventeenth-century Scottish history in peer-reviewed journals and edited collections, and will soon complete a new textbook, covering the period 1625-1750, for the Edinburgh University Press series The New History of Scotland. This is her second book.

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"[A] bold study of Scotland's revolutionary politics of the mid-seventeenth century...Stewart's careful unfolding of the great crises of the National Covenant of 1638 and the Engagement of 1648, crises that made Scottish politicians and readers alike ever more observant of what was being said and produced in London, is a model of interdisciplinary and even at times transnational scholarship."--Derek Hirst, Renaissance Quarterly


"An excellent, deeply researched book that forces one to reexamine a critical, seldom detailed pivot point in Scottish history....Essential."--CHOICE


"The complex strands of revolution and reaction are deftly teased out by Stewart."--Patrick J. Murray, History Today


"[An] excellent book...Laura Stewart has succeeded splendidly in her stated aims, but more than that the resulting book serves to open up the whole subject in a multitude of exciting new ways."--Nicholas Tyacke, History


"This is an excellent book, tackling with great assurance complex issues on the origins, impact and legacies of the Scottish revolution in the mid-seventeenth century...Stewart's endeavours will undoubtedly (and deservedly) inspire renewed interest in covenanted Scotland. The conclusion, reflecting on the historical legacy of the Covenant right up to and including the recent referendum on independence makes a convincing case for further engagement with this fascinating period in Scottish history. Stewart has thrown down the gauntlet and let others now take up the challenge."--Michael O'Siochru, Scottish History Review


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