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The True Law of Kingship: Concepts of Monarchy in Early-Modern Scotland

J. H. Burns


‘Fear God, honour the king’. Sixteenth-century people were supposed to do both. But what was the king entitled to command? And what if he ordered one thing and God's law said another? This book examines these questions by focusing on a neglected area of study: the Scottish experience. Sixteenth-century Scots lived through intense political and religious conflict, which generated a substantial literature of political debate. This debate was of such an intensity that James VI, the first king to rule over Scotland and England, wrote his own book on the subject: The True Lawe of Free Monarchies. S ... More

Keywords: 16th century, Scotland, religious conflict, James VI, Knox, Buchanan, Blackwood, Barclay, absolute monarchy, John Mair

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198203841
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203841.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. H. Burns, author
University of London