The murder of the Archbishop of St Andrews and its place in the politics of religion in restoration Scotland and England

Harmes, Marcus K. (2013) The murder of the Archbishop of St Andrews and its place in the politics of religion in restoration Scotland and England. In: Celts and their cultures at home and abroad: a festschrift for Malcolm Broun. Sydney Series in Celtic Studies (15). University of Sydney, Celtic Studies Foundation, Sydney, Australia, pp. 75-90. ISBN 978-1-74210-328-0

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Debate over the godliness and usefulness of having bishops
govern the Church of Scotland took place across the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In part debate was intellectual and literary, being expressed in pamphlets and printed tracts and sermons. On occasion however argument about episcopacy spilled over into actual violence. Bishops and archbishops were attacked but in turn faced accusations of severity and of martyring their Presbyterian opponents.
Debate over episcopacy opened a space to contest and claim particular identities. The turns and counterturns of religious policy in seventeenth-century Scotland meant that Presbyterian ministers and episcopal clergy were alternately dispossessed and restored to office and power. Occasions of dispossession allowed clergy to present
themselves as martyrs, and the identity of martyr was in turn central to both Presbyterian and episcopal accounts of church authority.

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Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2013 02:52
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Uncontrolled Keywords: James Sharp; Archbishop of St Andrews; Scotland seventeenth century; convenanters; Scottish Episcopal Church; Church of Scotland
Fields of Research : 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210305 British History
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology

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