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So without further ado, here is today’s post.
E is for England, Scotland’s main enemy throughout its history – when the Scots weren’t fighting among themselves. The conflict between Scotland and England goes back hundreds of years, most violently along the border. I’ll just give you a few of the key points.
Scotland and its monarchy suffered much at the hands of the English, from Robert the Bruce’s attempts to gain the throne of Scotland and independence from England’s Edward 1; to James IV, killed at Flodden Field, the historical time period for my Highland Talents books; to Mary, Queen of Scots, beheaded by her cousin, England’s Queen Elizabeth I.
It wasn’t until a Scottish king, James VI, moved his court to London and assumed the English throne as James I in 1603 that the two countries shared one monarch. But they remained separate states. In 1707, the Acts of Union formed the basis for today’s United Kingdom, and continued Scottish attempts to restore the House of Stuart to the throne ended at Culloden in 1746. As a result, Scottish language and culture were forbidden and brutally suppressed.
Religious differences within and between the two countries fueled much of the discord throughout their history. But politics and economics also played important roles, culminating in the Highland Clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries, when evictions forced many to the lowlands, Ireland or the American colonies.
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