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The True Law of KingshipConcepts of Monarchy in Early-Modern Scotland$
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J. H. Burns

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203841

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203841.001.0001

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Congregation, Kirk, and Crown

Congregation, Kirk, and Crown

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(p.153) 5 Congregation, Kirk, and Crown
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The True Law of Kingship
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J. H. Burns

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203841.003.0006

The political ideas of the Congregation in the struggle which led to the establishing of the kirk contained Knoxian elements, but the arguments that were used had a broader basis and their appeal was directed to a wider audience. In the autumn of 1558, the Congregation had made a further approach to the queen regent, attributing to her a desire to bring about a public Reformation. Meanwhile, the two Books of Discipline served a purpose defined by the word of God in the Bible. It is possible to detect a pervasive ambiguity in the attitude of the Scottish Protestants of the 16th century towards the authority of the temporal ruler.

Keywords:   Congregation, kirk, Book of Discipline, Knox, royal power

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