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King James VI and I: Political Writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)
James VI and I united the crowns of England and Scotland. His books are fundamental sources of the principles which underlay the union. In particular, his Basilicon Doron was a best-seller in England and circulated widely on the Continent. Among the most important and influential British writings of their period, the king's works shed light on the political climate of Shak ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 380 pages
Published 1994 by Cambridge University Press
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Forgot to put this one up--read this a little while back as part of my survey of late sixteenth-century political thought--or rather, I read the two most important parts of it: the Basilikon Doron and the Trew Lawe of Free Monarchies. I first read the latter back in freshman year, in History class. I remember being impressed even then with the winsomeness of James's argument, and surprised at myself, such an anti-federalist then, for being so attracted to a "royal absolutist." But the appeal was ...more
James VI & I was King of Scots as James VI from 1567 to 1625 and King of England and Ireland as James I from 1603 to 1625. He was a poet, a religious scholar, and a political writer. This was the King James who convened the Hampton Court Conference to create what became known as the King James Bible. (The bible itself, as a religious work, is attributed to Anonymous as the primary author.)More about James VI & I...