By Barry Coward

ISBN-10: 0631218742

ISBN-13: 9780631218746

Masking the interval from the accession of James I to the loss of life of Queen Anne, this significant other offers a magisterial review of the ‘long' 17th century in British heritage. contains unique contributions by way of prime students of the interval offers a magisterial evaluation of the ‘long' 17th century presents a severe connection with ancient debates approximately Stuart Britain bargains new insights into the main political, spiritual and fiscal adjustments that happened in this interval comprises bibliographical assistance for college kids and students

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The English had been required,when extending their authority in Ireland as later when arguing for closed seas around the king's British dominions,to temper common law with civil law. Nonetheless,there was a marked aversion to accepting any innovative arrangement for union that neither accorded supremacy nor deferred ultimately to common law,the basis of their parliamentary privileges,religious liberties and rights of property (Peck 1996: 8 0 - 1 1 5 ) . Four years of fitful negotiations by the joint commissioners foundered on the back of English concepts of political hegemony and parliamentary supremacy.

The English parliament should not negotiate unilaterally with Charles I , a n d the Scottish armies in England and Ireland should be supplied promptly. Escalating public indebtedness,as well as the patent mistrust engendered by Charles I,were primary considerations moving Argyll and his associates to transfer the king from the custody of the Covenanting army to the English parliament for £400,000 sterling in January 1647. This transfer revived the Movement's conservative element that covertly concluded the Engagement with Charles I to defend and 16 ALLAN I.

Bacon was arguing for an expansion ofthe composite English kingdom,not the creation ofa composite British empire. The spread of the common law to Scotland would enhance the security of England by making permanent the sundering of the 'auld alliance' with France. In arguing that British civility was tied strategically to English security,he was underscoring the case made by Camden's antiquarian associate Sir John Davies,as Attorney General for Ireland,that the imposition of the common law would reduce that kingdom to obedience and cut off the threat of invasion from Spain (Pawlish 1985: 5 5 - 6 4 , 8 4 - 1 0 0 ) .

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