Book Chapter

Introduction: Parliament and Politics in Scotland, 1567-1707



Brown KM & Mann AJ (2005) Introduction: Parliament and Politics in Scotland, 1567-1707. In: Brown KM & Mann AJ (eds.) The History of the Scottish Parliament: Parliament and Politics in Scotland, 1567-1707, volume 2. The Edinburgh History of the Scottish Parliament. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 1-56.

First paragraph: Early modern parliaments and representative assemblies found themselves responding to the financial requirements of assertive monarchies that demanded funds to wage increasingly costly war, to expand patronage networks, and to underscore royal prestige and courtly life. But in spite of common external forces, these assemblies were diverse bodies in which powers varied widely, as did representational composition, procedural characteristics and the political culture of governance in which they operated. Furthermore, the nature of the relationship between those national, or provincial, assemblies and individual rulers varied as one crowned head succeeded another. Much of the time that relationship was one of co-operation as parliaments assembled to do their job of offering counsel and granting aid to kings. However, unsurprisingly, debates and disputes also arose over the assertion and protection of the ancient privileges of representative assemblies in the face of princely ambitions. In this respect early modern Scotland was no different from any other European kingdom in the period.

Parliaments, politics, representation, Scottish History, early modern

FundersScottish Government
Title of seriesThe Edinburgh History of the Scottish Parliament
Publication date31/12/2005
Publication date online30/04/2005
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Publisher URL…rliament-hb.html
Place of publicationEdinburgh

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Dr Alastair Mann
Dr Alastair Mann

Senior Lecturer, History