By Siobhan Talbott
Utilizing untapped archival resources from Britain, France and the US, Talbott offers a comparative view of British relatives with France over the lengthy 17th century.
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In the process, a fundamental contention of this book will be established: that the Auld Alliance contributed to the ongoing development of the Franco-Scottish relationship throughout the early modern period. This perspective not only alters our view of this specific association, but changes how we should view the development of Great Britain domestically, her overseas relationships and the broader political dynamic within Europe. I. 3 The alliance was conceived as a military one, intended to guarantee both parties support from the other in the case of an English invasion.
2 MARKETS AND MERCHANTS The continuation of the Auld Alliance and the retention of Scottish trading privileges in France after 1560 have important ramifications for our understanding of Franco-Scottish trade in the long seventeenth century. So too does a reconsideration of the people involved in this trade at every level and a close examination of what and how they traded. Trade is habitually viewed as a national phenomenon – after all, trade routes start in one port and end in another, fostering exchanges between two (or more) foreign nations.
13 Retrospective knowledge that Scotland and England were to be formally united in 1603 and 1707 has fuelled acceptance of this notion. In reality, however, the remaining bonds between France and Scotland ‘were much stronger than the fairly fragile peace with England’14 directly following the events of 1560. Further, as the remainder of this volume will demonstrate, this in some aspects remained the case throughout the long seventeenth century, with Scotland and England being far from fully united in ‘British’ relations with France after the Union of Crowns or of Parliaments.
Conflict, Commerce and Franco-Scottish Relations, 1560-1713 by Siobhan Talbott