'Unpopular and ramshackle' is one description of the Union of the Crowns between Scotland and England that placed a Scottish king on the English throne in 1603. It was certainly a remarkable event, but unwelcome in some quarters. According to a leading historian, the political skills and personal charm of the Scottish king who succeeded Elizabeth I as English monarch were what made it work.
Dr Jenny Wormald, of St Hilda's College at Oxford University, is something of an authority on James VI and I, who was a great British enthusiast - 'until he discovered that no-one else agreed with him'. In 'O Brave New World?', a lecture at the Library on Thursday 3 April at 7pm, Dr Wormald will look at the problems of the union and 'its resilience despite them'. To book a free ticket, please phone 0131-622 4807, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Library shop in the George VI Bridge Building.
28 March 2003