The Restoration Scottish Parliament in a European Context

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:
The Restoration Scottish Parliament in a European Context

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This chapter talks about the restoration of Scottish parliament in a European context. Whilst many European assemblies shared common institutional characteristics, such as function, structure, and membership, each developed differently to represent a diverse range of social and local interests and to meet the particular needs of specific political structures. Arguably, whilst a general comparative study of early modern European representative assemblies has its place, it seems more useful to assess the relative success or failure of institutions by examining how effectively each fulfilled its own peculiar function in the context of what contemporaries expected their assemblies to achieve. Throughout its history, from medieval times until its final meeting in 1707, the Scottish parliament played an integral role in government, being consulted on a broad range of subjects and often exercising its right to resist and defeat propositions by the crown with which it disagreed.

Keywords: Scottish parliament; European context; contemporaries; crown; restoration

Chapter.  6392 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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