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The Parliament of 1604–1610: the 1607 Session and the Union with Scotland

Conrad Russell

in King James VI and I and his English Parliaments

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780198205067
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725098 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205067.003.0004
The Parliament of 1604–1610: the 1607 Session and the Union with Scotland

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The 1607 session was dominated by the single issue of the king's search for Union. This chapter looks at the proposals put before the Commons in the Instrument of Union and the reasons for their refusal to address these in the ways that James was looking for. It explores the different versions of Union that the two sides were seeking, the role of Sir Edwin Sandys in opposing it, and the concerns raised by James's 1604 proclamation which appeared to bring into question the status of English Common Law. The conclusion is that of all the issues in Jacobean parliaments it was Union which caused the most profound constitutional divisions.

Keywords: Instrument of Union; Sir Edwin Sandys; Scotland; the Union; 1607 Parliament; nationalism

Chapter.  6877 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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