This is a survey of a seminal and intensely controversial period inBritish history, from the union of the Crowns of England andScotland in 1603 to the union of the Kingdoms in 1707.The book explores the intersecting histories of the Stuartmonarchies and considers how events in each nation were shaped bybeing part of a multiple kingdom as well as by their own internaldynamics. Throughout, special attention is given to thepersonalities and political style of successive rulers. Their rolein precipitating two revolutions is examined against the backgroundof longer term constitutional, religious and social themes. Inparticular, the parallels between James I and Charles II, andbetween Charles I and James II, are clearly drawn out.
About the Author
David L. Smith has been a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge since 1988. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago in 1991, the year in which he won the Royal Historical Society's Alexander Prize. His previous books include Constitutional Royalism and the Search for Settlement, c. 1640-1649 (1994), and edited with R. Strier and D. Bevington, The Theatrical City: Culture, Theatre and Politics in London 1576-1649 (1995).
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations.
List of Maps.
List of Genealogical Tables.
List of Abbreviations.
1. 1603: Union of the Crowns.
2. Great Britain's Solomon.
3. The Ascendancy of Buckingham.
4. The Personal Rule of Charles.
5. The Collapse of Multiple Monarchies.
6. War in Three Kingdoms.
7. The British Republic.
8. The Restoration of the British Monarchies.
9. Court and Country.
10. Exclusion and Reaction.
11. A Glorious Revolution?.
12. Britain under William and Anne.
13. 1707: Union of the Kingdom.