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A History of the Modern British Isles, 1603-1707: The Double Crown



A History of the Modern British Isles, 1603-1707: The Double Crown

David Lee Smith

ISBN: 978-0-631-19401-9 April 1998 Wiley-Blackwell 452 Pages


This is a survey of a seminal and intensely controversial period in British history, from the union of the Crowns of England and Scotland in 1603 to the union of the Kingdoms in 1707.

The book explores the intersecting histories of the Stuart monarchies and considers how events in each nation were shaped by being part of a multiple kingdom as well as by their own internal dynamics. Throughout, special attention is given to the personalities and political style of successive rulers. Their role in precipitating two revolutions is examined against the background of longer term constitutional, religious and social themes. In particular, the parallels between James I and Charles II, and between Charles I and James II, are clearly drawn out.

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.

Bibliographical Essay.



"Dr Nicholls has proved to be a resourceful choice ... he delivers an accurate, sensitive and engaging account, never allowing the reader to be lost in the quagmires of scholarly debate." The Historical Association
* The first volume to be published in a major new textbook series.

* Provides a coherent analysis of one of the most turbulent and most popular periods of British history.

* Offers thorough analysis of social and political themes within a chronological overview of the period.

* Gives full consideration to the 'British' context.