By Peter Donald

The concept that of kingship as Charles I understood it was once challenged by way of the Covenanters in a fight of protest over the govt of Scotland. even if many points of this episode have acquired old recognition, Charles's personal function has no longer hitherto been investigated intimately. utilizing a wide physique of newly on hand proof, Dr Donald the following makes an attempt to redress the stability, and in doing so deals a considerably new point of view at the Scottish problems within the main issue years of 1637-41. This learn sheds mild at the strategies wherein Charles, with tips and but usually even with it, attempted to uphold his case.

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1 4 . Preserved in N L S Adv. M s . 3 3 . 1 . 4 , fol. 2 3 . 22 An uncounselled king a parliament. The first time, Charles seemingly did not want to engage with this — as over the Revocation — and advanced his argument of logic already described. On the second occasion, after Nithsdale had first exploded at the presumption of the Lord Chancellor's suggestions, the king took the whole council to task that they had forwarded advice from the 1625 convention of estates to call a parliament. Hay offered the interesting response that they had indeed hesitated to send this advice, which so nearly called the king's authority into question, but that on his initiative the advice had been rephrased.

The cooperative counsellor would have to be careful not to diverge too far from the king's mind. How far counsel could dare to engage with the king's ends (as opposed to his means) should be asked. Personal interest constantly mixed with state policy for those who had office or Court favour to guard. 83 Most often points of administration would be debated. 84 Energy in centrally directed policy was also a comparative novelty for Scotland. In the months and years following the Whitehall debates, the Revocation was forwarded in its various aspects.

Edinburgh, 1828), vol. I, pp. 17-21; Balfour, Works, vol. IV, pp. 383-404; NLS Adv. Ms. 17; NLS Ms. 21183, fols. 72-3. Laud, Works, vol. VI, pp. 340-1,383^, 395-6,409,419-20. 119 In 1616 King James had asked, successfully, some members of the general assembly to revise the Book of Common Order and 'to set down a common form of ordinary service to be used in all time hereafter'. Although this took up on earlier calls for reform of the forms of set prayer already existing and used in the church of Scotland, James's readiness to wait on consultative channels should not be exaggerated.

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