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The Government of Scotland 1560-1625

Julian Goodare


This book shows how Scotland was governed during the transition from Europe's decentralised medieval realms to modern sovereign states. The expanding institutions of government — crown, parliament, privy council, local courts — are detailed, but the book is structured around an analysis of governmental processes. A new framework is offered for understanding the concept of ‘centre and localities’: centralisation happened in the localities. Various interest groups participated in government and influenced its decisions. The nobility, in particular, exercised influence at every level. There was a ... More

Keywords: sovereign states, centralisation, nobility, absentee monarchy, Highlands, government, common people, political participation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199243549
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243549.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julian Goodare, author
Lecturer in Scottish History, School of History and Classics, University of Edinburgh
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