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James IV and the Michael
Sketches copyright Miles Kerr-Peterson

Scottish historian, cultural activist and former European Parliament translator

Mont-St- Michel

Scottish historian, cultural activist and former European Parliament translator

Great Michael Sketch

In 1511, at Newhaven, haec parvula Scotia – ‘this little Scotland’, as the country describes itself in the Declaration of Arbroath (1320) –launched what was at the time the largest warship afloat, the Michael. Today we know this ship as ‘the Great Michael’. The enormous Michael, bristling with cannon of different sizes and bedecked with huge Scottish banners, was a tangible statement by King James IV that Scotland was a player on the European political stage. What? Scotland - a European player? Scotland’s not even a player on the UK stage, as we have seen repeatedly since September 2014. But Scotland really was once a European political power

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