British Empire/Consolidation at Home and Abroad
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The Union of the Crowns
With the death of Elizabeth I, James VI became the new Monarch of England, thereby uniting England and Scotland through the Union of the Crowns. James's accession to the throne was facilitated by the a series of secret correspondence conducted between James and courtiers in London. James' ambassadors, Earl of Mar and Edward Bruce, Commendator of Kinloss, first hoped to deal with Earl of Essex. However, as he was executed before their arrival, they were issued with new instructions They gained the confidence of Robert Cecil and an understanding on the succession was reached, but their success was kept secret. Following James' accession he became King James I of England. Never the less there were a number of plots which sought to overthrow him, the most notable being the Gunpowder Plot. James' attempts to have himself recognised as King of Great Britain were resisted both sides of the border.
The Impact of the Reformation
The English Revolution
The Scientific Revolution
The Empire Comes of Age
The Glorious Revolution
Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727)
Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)
- Dalrymple, David, Lord Hailes, Secret Correspondence, (1766), pp.1-12, James to Mar, 8 April 1601.
- Houlbrooke, Ralph Anthony, James VI and I: ideas, authority, and government, Ashgate (2006), p.40.