James Stewart, Earl of Moray

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Columbia University Press, 1953 - Reformation - 320 pages
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This book was a revelation to me since it dispelled the myths surrounding the Mary Queen of Scots' half-brother who became the 'Good Regent'. The book provides a careful analysis of his career and explains how his approach to affairs in Scotland was consistent and religiously motivated. The book considers the Earl on his own merits, divorced from views of Mary herself. The author agrees with Hume Brown that Moray's policies were one of the primary reasons for the success of the Reformation, not only in Scotland but in Europe as a whole since the events surrounding Mary were pivotal in the history of the time. He argues that Moray was unique in that his personal life was blameless, his political & administrative abilities outstanding and his military skills impressive. This James Stewart was a staunch unionist since he saw, correctly, that the religious question could only have the outcome he fervently desired by close alliance with England. For anyone interested in the history of the Reformation, Scotland or Mary Queen of Scots in particular, this book should be high on the list to read. 

Contents

THE COMING OF PROTESTANTISM
3
THE WARS OF THE CONGREGATION
27
1n THE PROBLEMS OF VICTORY
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