This book examines the importance of the Scottish Covenanters
during one of the most turbulent and complex periods of early
modern British History. Thematic issues are examined within a
chronological framework and consideration is given to the
importance of the Covenanters in a wider British and European
context. The reasons for the emergence of the Covenanting movement
against the rule of Charles I in Scotland by 1637 are examined, as
is the nature of the Covenanting government and administration of
Scotland throughout the 1640s prior to the conquest of Scotland by
Oliver Cromwell in 1650-1. The Covenanters were at the forefront of
a wider British and Irish conflict involving Charles I and the
kingdoms of Scotland and Ireland. The role of the Covenanters in
this wider British and Irish conflict of the 1640s is discussed and
there is a specific focus on Scotland and Ulster. The continental
European dimension is considered in terms of the Thirty Years War
(1618-48) and Covenanting involvement in that conflict. The impact
of the Covenanters on Scottish society is also examined in terms of
the drive for a godly society and witch-hunting. Other social
issues covered include war widows, victims of warfare and refugees
from Ireland on Scottish soil. Contemporary documents included in
the book highlight these issues. Collectively the documents cover a
range of social, political, military, economic and religious
issues. This will be an important book for undergraduates taking
university courses in early modern Scottish and British History
covering the conflicts of the three kingdoms of the Stuart monarchy
in the 1640s.
Edinburgh University Press
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