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The Minority of James V

Scotland in Europe, 1513–1528

by Ken Emond

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ISBN: 9781788852418
Published: 07 Nov 2019
Format: E-Book
Extent: 368
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: John Donald
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About the Book

The defeat of the Scots in the Battle of Flodden in 1513 left many of the leaders of Scottish society, including King James IV, lying dead on the battlefield. The long and complex minority of King James V which followed is explored in detail in this book, bringing understanding to the evolving relationships among the Scots, English and French against the background of the wider European context of the early sixteenth century.

The competing interests of England and France were personified in two of the Scottish Regents: Queen Margaret Tudor, the sister of Henry VIII, and John, Duke of Albany, James V’s nearest male heir, who had been brought up in France and represented the French connection as much as the Scots. The interests of leading Scots’ families, the Hamiltons and the Douglases, were also at the heart of the power struggle. The book offers a rare insight into a turbulent period of Scottish politics.

The Author

Ken Emond

Ken Emond’s love of Scottish History may stem from being born in the (alleged) birthplace of Sir William Wallace – Elderslie in Renfrewshire. He gained a PhD in Scottish History from the University of St Andrews, and has pursued an interest in history throughout his life, appearing on BBC’s Mastermind with specialist subject Mary, Queen of Scots. He is the Head of Research Funding at the British Academy.