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Anglo-Scottish Relations from 1603 to 1900$
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T C Smout

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263303

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263303.001.0001

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O Brave New World? The Union of England and Scotland in 1603

O Brave New World? The Union of England and Scotland in 1603

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Anglo-Scottish Relations from 1603 to 1900

Jenny Wormald

British Academy

This chapter discusses the drama and tension of the accession, and the history of the Union of the Crowns in the lifetime of James. James VI was proclaimed King of England when Elizabeth died. It was ruthlessly silent about James' Anglo-Scottish ancestry. But what James VI had inherited from his Stuart ancestors, most notably James IV and the even more effective James V, was a lofty vision of the diplomatic importance of the King of Scots and his ability to have an impact on other European countries. In 1603, the brutal fact was that the Scots and the English disliked one another intensely. The theme of Anglo-Scottish hostility is briefly outlined. The Union of 1603 did have a profound impact on his style of kingship. It was also noted that the dearth of Tudor heirs contributed to the absolute problem of finding different kings for England and Scotland. When celebrating the fourth centenary of that momentous event, the toast was certainly to King James.

Keywords:   James VI, Elizabeth I, Tudor heirs, Union

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