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‘This great firebrand’

Neil McIntyre explores a new and detailed study of William Laud, archbishop of Canterbury, and his role in Scottish affairs in the 17th century

This Great Firebrand’: William Laud and Scotland, 1617-1645

Leonie James

Boydell Press, 2017

216 pages

Hardback, £60.00

ISBN: 978-1-78327-219-8

The imposition of the Book of Common Prayer in Scotland eventually led to the collapse of royal authority across the three Stuart kingdoms in the 1640s. While the causes of the British Civil Wars continue to elicit debate among historians, it remains widely understood that it was Charles I’s contentious religious policies that proved to be the tipping point. Central to the formulation of those policies was William Laud, archbishop of Canterbury from 1633. Thanks to Leonie James’s recent monograph, we now have the first detailed study of Laud’s role in Scottish affairs at this critical juncture.

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About History Scotland

History Scotland launches a ground-breaking new series - The Stewart Queens of Scotland, providing a window in the lives of the little-known Stewart queens. Enjoy a range of news, expert articles and commentary, covering centuries of Scottish history and archaeology. Highlights include: * Queen Victoria's trip to the Clyde * New history of art with National Galleries Scotland * The legend of Lovat's Scouts * Discovery of a rare antler t-axe