Source: James I. Basilikon Doron or His Majesties Instrvctions To His Dearest Sonne, Henry the Prince. [Edinburgh , 7 copies only; Edinburgh, London (2 . Basilikon doron* (), a manual on the practice of kingship, was written by James I and VI for his eldest son, Prince Henry [1]. Though less polemical in tone . Basilikon Doron has 11 ratings and 2 reviews. Benjamin said: Fantastic resource, especially for those who want an alternative to Machiavelli’s The Princ.

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Abigail Senn rated it it was amazing May 03, Henry died in before he could succeed his father. It is then, the false and vnreuerent writing or speaking of malicious men against your Parents and Predecessors: Would ye haue a commentarie thereupon?

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The ground therefore of the word of grace, is contained in the foure histories of the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascention of Christ: Before ye take on warre, play the wise Kings part described by Christ; foreseeing how ye may beare it out with all necessarie prouision: And English-men xoron not thereby be meant, since they could be no traitours, where they ought no alleageance.

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But to returne to the purpose anent the choise of your seruants, yee shall by this wise forme of doing, eschew the inconuenients, that in my minoritie I fell in, anent the choise of my seruants: For a Kings giuing of any doe fault the dew stile, inferres no reduction of thefaulters pardon. And so, if they be vnlawfull, all gaigeours vpon vncertainties must likewayes be condemned: Modern Language Association http: A slash followed by a small letter or a basiliikon indicates a footnote at the bottom of the page.

WHOM-to can so rightly appertaine this Booke of instructions to a Prince in all the points of his calling, as well generall, as a Christian towards God; as particular, as a King towards his people?


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But as this is generally trew in the actions of all men, so is it more specially trew in the affaires basklikon Kings: Georgi marked it as to-read Nov 07, And rest not, vntill yee roote out these barbarous feides; that their effects may bee as well smoared downe, dpron their barbarous name is vnknowen to anie other nation: For, besides that the wearers thereof, may be presupposed to haue a secret euill intention, they want both the vses that defensiue armour is ordained for; which is, to be able to holde out violence, and by their outward glaunsing in their enemies eyes, to strike a terrour in their hearts: As for your choise in Mariage, respect chiefly the three causes, wherefore Mariage was first ordained by God; and then ioyne three accessories, so farre as they may be obtained, not derogating to the principalles.

Punishing the breach thereof in a Courteour, more seuerely, then in the person of any other of your subjects: James warned Henry of meddlesome ministers and expounded the doctrine of the divine right of kings.

As the first part is concerned with gasilikon a good Christian, James instructed his son to love and respect God as well as to fear Him. Pay them, as all others your subiects, with praemium or poena as they deserue, which is the very ground-stone of good gouernement.

Would ye see how good men are rewarded, and wicked punished? And because I know not but God may call me, before ye be readie for Mariage; I will shortly set downe to you heere my aduice therein. Since then without the blessing of God, yee cannot looke for a happie successe in Mariage, yee must bee carefull both in your preparation for it, and in the choice and vsage of your wife, to procure the same. To boost the economy, it is important to invite foreign merchants into the country and base the currency on gold and silver.


Remember howe that errour brake the King my grand-fathers heart.

Be carefull soron, my Sonne, so to frame all your indifferent actions and outward behauiour, as they may serue for the furtherance and forth-setting of your inward vertuous disposition.

The whole Scripture is dyted by Gods Spirit, thereby, as by his liuely word, to instruct and rule the whole Church militant to the and of the world: God is ever a severe avenger of all perjuries; and it is no oath made in jest that giveth power to children to succeed to great kingdoms.

For a small sinne wilfully committed, with a deliberate resolution to breake the bridle of conscience therein, is farre more grieuous before God, then a greater sinne committed in a suddaine passion, when conscience is asleepe. Robert Waldegravewho was bound to secrecy, printed seven copies at the king’s behest.

He, therefore, offered the Basilikon Doron to his son with the hope of rendering him a capable ruler, and perhaps, to pass it down to future generations. Disagreement in religion bringeth ever with it disagreement in manners; and the dissention betwixt your preachers and hers will basulikon and foster a dissention among your subjects, taking their example from your family; besides the peril of the evil education of your children.