Steve Murdoch
Britain, Denmark-Norway and the House of Stuart, 1603-1660: A Diplomatic and Military Analysis
(Tuckwell Press, East Linton, 2000/2003)  
ISBN 1 86232 182 5

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Contents
Table of Figures vii
Abbreviations viii
Stylistic Conventions x
Acknowledgements xii
   
Introduction 1
   
Part One: The Rise and Ebb of the Scottish Diplomatic Monopoly
  1 The Northern Alliance 1589-1618 22
  2 Denmark-Norway, Great Britain and the 'Protestant Cause' 1609-1625 44
  3 The Dour Years: Stuart-Oldenburg Relations 1625-1639 64
  4 Agendas at Odds: Stuart and Covenanter Diplomacy with Denmark-Norway 1638-1641 90
  5 The Danes and the Wars in the Three Kingdoms 1641-1649 117
  6 'A Hearty Detestation of all the Villanies which have been acted in England' 145
  7 The 'Englishing' of Britain and the Demise of the Stuart-Oldenburg Alliance 166
   
Part Two: A Military Analysis of the Stuart-Oldenburg Alliance
  8 Military Service I: The Promotion of Scots into the Danish-Norwegian military establishment 187
  9 Military Service II: 'Kejserkrig' 1625-1629 202
  10 Military Service III: The Danish-Norwegian wars with Sweden, 1643-45 and 1657-60 226
       
Conclusion 254
Bibliography 259
Index 297

Reviews

Steve Murdoch
Britain, Denmark-Norway and the House of Stuart, 1603-1660: A Diplomatic and Military Analysis
(Tuckwell Press, East Linton, 2000/2003)  
ISBN 1 86232 182 5
 

“Murdoch's book makes a valuable contribution to the military and diplomatic relations of the Three Kingdoms with the kingdom of Denmark-Norway and the Scandinavian world. We have gained a better appreciation of how this relationship impacted the British civil wars by supplying experienced soldiers who returned home to fight in those wars, and how Christian IV's failure to honor his promise not to permit arms and munitions to go to the Parliamentarian and Covenanting armies tipped the balance in favor of those forces.”
Roger B Manning, H-Albion Review, May 2006

“One of the main strengths of this study is its base in Scottish, English, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish archives. Murdoch’s book provides a detail-rich picture of the diplomatic and military relations between Denmark-Norway and the Stuart-British state. The combination of varying archival sources and the focus on links between dynastic loyalty and Scottish early modern identity makes this book an original and valuable achievement”
Leos Müller, Scandinavian Journal of History, vol.30, 3/4, 2005

“This book primarily provides a solid presentation of the close diplomatic and political associations between two royal houses on both sides of the North Sea. Murdoch’s study of these relationships has made available to us new and interesting research. His studies will sharpen our awareness as to whom we are dealing with when it comes to giving an account of our historical relationships with the British Isles.”
Rune Blix Hagen, Historisk Tidsskrift, vol. 82, no. 3, 2003

 


 


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