Gillian H. MacIntosh

in The Scottish Parliament under Charles II, 1660-1685

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748624577
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653409 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the Restoration era as one of the murkier corners of Scottish history. Previous studies of Scotland in the reign of Charles II have tended to focus exclusively on the religious conflict between presbyterian dissenters and a government-supported episcopal church, as if it was the only subject-matter of note for historians of the Restoration period. Apart from a recent number of historical accounts of the Restoration which include Scotland as part of a ‘three-kingdoms’ approach to British history, there has been no comprehensive published attempt to study political events in Charles II's northern kingdom from a non-Anglocentric perspective. Nevertheless, despite the past decade witnessing a renewed interest in the study of Scottish parliamentary history, the Restoration period has not been well served by current published historiography.

Keywords: restoration era; Scottish history; Charles II; Scotland; parliamentary history; episcopal church; historiography; religious conflict

Chapter.  2288 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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