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Discussion of religious movements and the theories and individuals behind them.
12 Mar 2020 • 53 mins
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the bonds that Scottish Presbyterians made between themselves and their monarchs in the 16th and 17th Centuries, to maintain their form of worship. These covenants bound James VI of Scotland to support Presbyterians yet when he became James I he was also expected to support episcopacy. That tension came to a head under Charles I who found himself on the losing side of a war with the Covenanters, who later supported Parliament before backing the future Charles II after he had pledged to support them. Once in power, Charles II failed to deliver the religious settlement the Covenanters wanted, and set about repressing them violently. Those who refused to renounce the covenants were persecuted in what became known as The Killing Times, as reflected in the image above.With Roger MasonProfessor of Scottish History at the University of St AndrewsLaura StewartProfessor of Early Modern British History at the University of YorkAndScott SpurlockProfessor of Scottish and Early Modern Christianities at the University of GlasgowProducer: Simon Tillotson