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David George Mullan

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269977

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198269978.001.0001

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The Damnable Covenant 1

The Damnable Covenant 1

(p.285) 9 The Damnable Covenant1
Scottish Puritanism, 1590-1638

David George Mullan

Oxford University Press

The National Covenant (28 February 1638) once again bound the country to God to withstand all innovations in church and state, and under the wave of Presbyterian nationalism, which followed those who opposed the covenant were subjected to various forms of coercion. There followed in November the Glasgow General Assembly of the church, and it was dominated by the aristocrats who seized upon the occasion to press their political agenda. By then political resistance had found its way into pulpit discourse, though not without an acceptance, indeed an assertion of the leadership of the nobility. The royalist/Episcopalian opposition, soon to be scattered, struck back at the covenanters, accusing them of Jesuit politics of resistance and revolt, representing a tit for tat exchange of allegations of popery.

Keywords:   Glasgow General Assembly, National Covenant, nationalism, nobility, resistance

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