Sixteenth-Century Scotland

Essays in Honour of Michael Lynch


This collection of essays demonstrates the vitality of the political, cultural and religious history of Scotland in the era of the Renaissance and Reformation. It includes essays on politics, religion and towns, and on the literature and culture of the royal court and the common people. The essays all illuminate the ‘long sixteenth century’, c.1500-1650, which has been established as a distinct period.

Contributors include: Sharon Adams, Steve Boardman, Jane E. A. Dawson, E. Patricia Dennison, Helen Dingwall, David Ditchburn, Julian Goodare, Ruth Grant, Theo van Heijnsbergen, Amy L. Juhala, Roderick J. Lyall, Alasdair A. MacDonald, Alan R. MacDonald, Maureen M. Meikle, Jamie Reid-Baxter, Laura A. M. Stewart, Andrea Thomas, Jenny Wormald, and Michael J. Yellowlees.

Publications by Michael Lynch:

Edited by A.A. MacDonald, Michael Lynch and Ian B. Cowan, The Renaissance in Scotland, ISBN: 978 90 04 10097 8
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Biographical Note

Julian Goodare, Ph.D. (1989) is Reader in Scottish History, University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on early modern Scotland. His books include The Government of Scotland, 1560-1603 (Oxford University Press, 2004).

Alasdair A. MacDonald, Ph.D. (1978) is Professor of English Language and Literature of the Middle Ages, University of Groningen. Most recently, he coedited Rhetoric, Royalty, and Reality: Essays on the Literary Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Scotland (Leuven, 2005).

Review Quotes

"If this collection is anything to go by [...] Lynch's real legacy lies [...] in demonstrating the rich possibilities opened up by refusing to be bound by such categories as social, religious, political, or cultural ghistory, and seeing past events in general and the Scottish Reformation in particular in emphatically multidimensional terms."
Roger A. Mason, University of St. Andrews

This collection of eighteen essays is a fine tribute to one of the foremost historians of early modern Scotland and provides eloquent testimony to the affectionate regard in which he is held. [...] This is a lively collection that will be much consulted. Several of its essays sparkle, nearly all present the fruits of original research, and all are thought provoking.
Ralph Houlbrooke, Journal of British Studies (July 2010), 692-693.

"The quality of the essays makes the cost of the book well worth considering."
Cynthia J. Neville, Sixteenth-Century Journal 40:4 (2009) 1217-1218.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors

Introduction, Julian Goodare & Alasdair A. MacDonald

1. Royal Finance and Regional Rebellion in the Reign of James IV, Steve Boardman
2. Crown Imperial: Coronation Ritual and Regalia in the Reign of James V, Andrea Thomas
3. ‘Saints at the door don’t make miracles’? The Contrasting Fortunes of Scottish Pilgrimage, c.1450-1550, David Ditchburn
4. Advice to a Princess: the Literary Articulation of a Religious, Political and Cultural Programme for Mary Queen of Scots, 1562, Theo van Heijnsbergen
5. The Conference at Leith: Ecclesiastical Finance and Politics in the 1570s, Sharon Adams
6. The Noble and the Bastard: the Earl of Argyll and the Law of Divorce in Reformation Scotland, Jane E. A. Dawson
7. Robin Hood in Scotland, E. Patricia Dennison
8. The Emergence of an Elite Craft: the Incorporation of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 1505- c.1680, Helen M. Dingwall
9. The Making of the Anglo-Scottish Alliance of 1586, Ruth Grant
10. Kinship, Kingship and Latinity: the Surprising Career of James Halkerston, Roderick J. Lyall
11. Best of Enemies: Andrew Melville and Patrick Adamson, c.1574-1592, Alan R. MacDonald
12. Anna of Denmark’s Coronation and Entry into Edinburgh, 1590: Cultural, Religious and Diplomatic Perspectives, Maureen M. Meikle
13. Father William Crichton’s Estimate of the Scottish Nobility, 1595, Michael J. Yellowlees
14. The Attempted Scottish Coup of 1596, Julian Goodare
15. An Advantageous Alliance: Edinburgh and the Court of James VI, Amy L. Juhala
16. The Headaches of Monarchy: Kingship and the Kirk in the Early Seventeenth Century, Jenny Wormald
17. Mr Andrew Boyd (1567-1636): a Neo-Stoic Bishop of Argyll and his Writings, Jamie Reid-Baxter
18. Politics and Government in the Scottish Burghs, 1603-1638, Laura A. M. Stewart



All those interested in the history and literature of early modern Scotland.


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