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The Government of Scotland 1560-1625$
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Julian Goodare

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243549

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243549.001.0001

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(p.22) CHAPTER ONE Legitimacy
The Government of Scotland 1560-1625

Julian Goodare (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Queen Mary returned to her native land in 1561 to take over the government of a kingdom in which a provisional administration had been formed in the previous year by the Protestant insurgents, the ‘Lords of the Congregation’, who had overthrown the regency of her mother, Mary of Guise. An outline of the new administration of Scotland had first taken shape on August 1, 1559, when the Lords of the Congregation made a bond not to communicate with the regent. This chapter discusses how the various components of government — monarchy, parliament, privy council, nobility, and so on — acquired legitimacy in the course of political practice. In investigating this, law and government are considered as a reflection of a set of shared values. ‘Righteous’ government was highly valued, not least because it was recognised that rulers and governmental agencies might do things that would be undesirable or wrong.

Keywords:   government, legitimacy, Queen Mary, monarchy, law, parliament, privy council, nobility

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