The Union of England and Scotland, 1603-1608

The Union of England and Scotland, 1603-1608

The Union of England and Scotland, 1603-1608

The Union of England and Scotland, 1603-1608

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After carrying out research as a postgraduate student at Churchill College, Cambridge, Bruce Galloway was awarded his PhD in 1981. It was always in his mind to submit his thesis for publication, and by the spring of 1984 he felt ready to do so. In the interval, much work by others — on James VI and I himself, and on early Stuart Parliaments, for example — had confirmed his revisions of established views. Indeed, it is Bruce’s rehabilitation of James himself, and his reassessment of the motives and mindless conservatism of opponents of the Union in the English Parliament which were the most striking conclusions of his thesis.

But at the very moment when he was preparing to embark on publication, he died in tragic circumstances. The quality of the manuscript as he left it, however, fully warrants publication, although of course the degree of subsequent revision has been necessarily modest and literal. Bruce might have wanted to make further changes, but re-reading his work as he left it, I am more than ever struck by its importance. He might have made amendments, but he would not have written a better book.

John Morrill Selwyn College, Cambridge . . .

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