Dr Alasdair Raffe Presents James VII: A Misunderstood King?
  • Edinburgh Fringe

James VII (reigned 1685-8), Scotlands last Catholic king, was overthrown by his son-in-law William of Orange in the revolution of 1688-9. Over the following centuries, historians depicted James as a bigot determined to force his religion on his Protestant subjects. This talk draws upon my research into Jamess government of Scotland, exploring the kings religious policies and discussing his approach to governing Scotland, which I believe was highly experimental, potentially even reckless! Join me in assessing James VII's short and turbulent reign!