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date: 23 January 2021

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This article examines the prose of John Knox and George Buchanan. Their political and controversial works, often published in the heat of national and dynastic dramas, helped shape the radical reputations that would make them the major voices of the Scottish Reformation. Among these are Knox's First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, his strident denunciation of female rule of 1558; Buchanan's Ane Detectioun of the duinges of Marie Quene of Scottes, published in a variety of forms in Scots, English, and Latin in the early 1570s; and his De Iure Regni apud Scotos (1579), a work of political theory justifying the deposition of Mary and defending the legitimacy of violent action against tyrannical rulers.

Keywords: Scottish prose, prose writing, prose style, Scottish Reformation, radical works

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