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What are some of the key events leading up to the union between England and Scotland?

When Margaret, the Maid of Norway and uncrowned queen of Scotland, died in 1290, she had been betrothed to the future King Edward II of England. Had she not died, centuries of warfare between Scotland and England might have been forestalled. As it was, in 1503 a temporary lull in the hostilities was brought about by the Treaty of Perpetual Peace between James IV of Scotland and Henry VII of England - pursuant to which Henry’s daughter, Margaret Tudor, was married to James. This set the first scene of the union between the kingdoms.

A century later and after further hostilities, the great-grandson of that marriage, James VI, already king of Scotland, succeeded to the throne of England [as James I] on the death of his cousin, Elizabeth I. As a

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