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Rethinking the Scottish RevolutionCovenanted Scotland, 1637-1651$
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Laura A. M. Stewart

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198718444

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718444.001.0001

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People, Politics, and Publics The Scottish Crisis, 1637–1641

People, Politics, and Publics The Scottish Crisis, 1637–1641

(p.29) 1 People, Politics, and Publics The Scottish Crisis, 1637–1641
Rethinking the Scottish Revolution

Laura A. M. Stewart

Oxford University Press

Based on the use of new sources and fresh analysis of familiar material, this chapter examines the creative communication strategies employed in the campaign against the 1637 Prayer Book. Existing Presbyterian networks became the basis for a supplication campaign that deployed print and manuscript polemic, crowds, rumour, preaching, and political performances in order to appeal to subordinate groups and legitimize popular action. Particular attention is given to the practice, seemingly distinctive to the Scottish crisis, of protesting against royal proclamations. Interactions between these media, it is argued, enabled the emergence of a ‘public’. The ambiguities of female participation in these events are subjected to reassessment; royalist counter-strategies, which have been overlooked by historians, are also examined. The chapter concludes by showing that the transition from oppositional movement to governing regime required the Covenanter leadership to contain popular participation and reassert the norms of aristocratic consensus politics.

Keywords:   publics, print, satire, petitions, proclamations, crowds, riot, women, royalists, popular politics

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