'This Great Firebrand': William Laud and Scotland 1617-1645

James, Leonie (2017) 'This Great Firebrand': William Laud and Scotland 1617-1645. Studies in Modern British Religious History . Boydell and Brewer, 224 pp. ISBN 9781783272198. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury (1633-45), remains one of the most controversial figures in British ecclesiastical and political history. His rise to prominence under Charles I, his contribution to the framing and implementation of highly contentious religious policies, and his subsequent and catastrophic downfall remain central to our understanding of the coming of civil war. This book presents Scotland as a case study for a fresh interpretation of Laud, his career and his working partnership with Charles I. This approach throws much needed light on the depth of Laud's engagement in kirk affairs and reveals the real reasons for his ostensible abandonment by the king in 1641, enabling a better understanding of Anglo-Scottish politics in the early Long Parliament as well as developments connected to religion and the 'British Problem'. Importantly, the book demonstrates that Laud's involvement in Scotland was broadly consistent with, although differing in detail from, his approach in England and Ireland. It represents a major contribution to key debates on the nature of religion and politics in the 1630s and early 1640s and to current thinking on the role of Charles I and William Laud in the formulation of ecclesiastical policy, the 'British problem', and the causes of the British Civil Wars.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: D History General and Old World
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Leonie James
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2016 15:33 UTC
Last Modified: 25 May 2017 14:26 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53806 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
James, Leonie: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6869-6575
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