Introduction
in The origins of the Scottish Reformation
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book is about one of the most extraordinary national transformations in European history. It tries to place the Scottish Reformation on the wider stage of the European Reformation. The book aims to present a new synthesis of ideas on the origins of the Scottish Reformation, building on this recent scholarship but also suggesting some new directions. It describes the regime of James V which was ambiguous towards the reformers. The book assesses the impact of the first arrival of Protestant ideas in the 1520s. It also tries to reconnect religion and politics, and to trace their interaction. The book emphasises how acts or threats of violence drove political processes and shaped religious culture. It concludes by looking at the dubious process by which that Church was established in law in August 1560.

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