Noble Power and Politics, 1603–37

Keith M. Brown

in Noble Power in Scotland from the Reformation to the Revolution

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780748612987
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653546 | DOI:
Noble Power and Politics, 1603–37

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This chapter discusses noble power and politics from 1603. It notes that from this period, an increasingly self-confident crown sought to go further than previous Stewart kings in cultivating a culture of obedience among the nobility, placing greater restraints on unacceptable noble behaviour, and extending the king's practical authority over religious beliefs and practices. It observes that noble cooperation was secured by the combination of the crown's enhanced wealth and patronage alongside the kingdom's greater prosperity, allowing this more authoritarian agenda to develop, creating the impression that beneath the surface there was taking place a fundamental shift in power towards the king.

Keywords: noble power; politics; Stewart kings; religious beliefs; authoritarian agenda; king

Chapter.  14890 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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