Complete Notes for AS Stuarts Revision

These are the complete notes for the Stuarts section of the AS history exam. They are bullet pointed, but do go into much detail (possibly too much). There are some diagrams throughout. Suitable for certainly the AQA specification, but some information may be compatible with other courses. Enjoy and good luck in your exams!

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James I Revision Notes

Claim To The English Throne

Divine Right of Kings- God had made him King of Scotland, so it was
God's will to make him King of England too.
Descendent of Henry VII- Arabella Stuart was his only rival, but she was
locked up in the Tower…

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A great way to end racism between the two countries.
A way to end confusion over religion.
The Will of God.
A way to unionise the two legal systems.
A great way of ensuring Free Trade.
Historical destiny to make the two Great Britain.
A way to strengthen the economy.…

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Elizabeth had been involved in wars which cost a great deal of money
Had to pay for a funeral for Elizabeth.
Had to pay for the funeral of his son- Henry.
Had to pay for his own coronation.
Peers and Gentry under taxed.
3 Households (Himself, his wife, his…

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Sold the right to collect customs duties to a group of merchants in
return for £112,000.
Impeached- Unpopular with Parliament.
Robert Cecil- Earl of Salisbury
Book of Bounty- Agreed amount of crown gifts and pensions.
Book of Rates- Extended impositions.
In creased profits from wardship.
Reduced Royal debt by £500,000.…

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James' Extravagance.
Corruption amongst Lord Treasurers.
Refusal of the wealthy to pay taxes ect- Extravagance of James
gave them an excuse not to.
James had managed not to get into any wars thus far, which would have
otherwise been very expensive, and so caused even more debt.

Court, Favourites…

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The Duke of Buckingham
James was bored of Robert Carr, who also fell from interest after the
Overbury case.
He was v.attractive and a good conversationalist.
Queen introduced him to James.
Promoted the rise of Cranfield.
Negotiated the (FAILED) Spanish match, which made him heavily

James I and Religion…

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Presbyterian Church (Kirk)
Scottish church.
Very simple and pure, no fuss, polar opposite of the Catholic Church.
Presbyterians disliked the Church being run by Bishops who were
often wealthy and sometimes corrupt.
They also disliked the Church being controlled by the Monarch.
They wanted an independent Church run by elders…

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Want the Church to be decorated nicely with stained glass (not like the
Some say it is similar to Catholicism. (NOT IN BELIEF).

James I and the Church
Wanted religious uniformity. (All of subjects to share the same religious
views as himself, the Monarch).
Catholics were totally against this…

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However, it did enforce some rules, 99% of the remaining Protestants
(excluding Puritans) agreed with the changes and not many people
emigrated as a result.
The Bishops gowns remained in place, something the Puritans hated
because it was considered `too Catholic'.
Published the 1604 Canons (Church Rules):
o It split…

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James Managed to Alienate People By ...
Allowing the 1618 Book of Sports- Meant that sports could be played
on the Holy Day of `rest' and `worship'- The Puritans were furious.
In 1622 the `Directions to Preachers' were issued- The Puritans were left
alienated yet again.
`A New Gag for…




This does not cover the Stuarts at all.  It says its suitable for AQA but isnt as it stops at the end of the civil war.

Former Member


To be specific - This is Unit 1D - Not the 2nd Unit for the later stuarts



This is suitable for the Crown and Authority paper for edexcel 



Thx m9, much pass now, great help 



helped with Charles I, wished there was 1625-1701. But helped a lot got my mocks tmr. 



Not enough dates to use for evidence or substantial events/acts, good in description though 



Also not very good for AQA 

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