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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And so ye shall in princely virtues shine, Resembling right your mighty king divine.

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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? But the greatest hinderance to the execution of our Lawes in this countrie, are these heritable Shirefdomes and Regalities, which being in the hands of the great men, do wracke the whole countrie: Wherefore destroy basiilkon innocent young sucking Wolues and Foxes, but for the hatred they beare to their race?

Home People History Historians, British: In the forme of your meate-eating, bee neither vnciuill, like a grosse Cynicke; nor affectatlie mignarde, like a daintie dame; but eate in a manlie, round, and honest fashion. But towards them, I onely vse this prouision, that where the Law is other-wayes, they may content themselues soberly and quietly with their owne opinions, not resisting to the authoritie, nor breaking the Law of the Countrey; neither aboue all, slurring any rebellion or schisme: This page was last edited on 20 Decemberat It is onely of this kinde of men that dorron this booke I write so sharply; and whom I wish my Sonne to punish, in-case they refuse to obey the Law, and will not cease to sturre vp a rebellion: Onely remember, that as Parliaments haue basklikon ordained for making of Lawes, so ye abuse not their institution, in holding them for any mens particulars: And suffer not the rincipals of them to brooke your land, if ye like to sit at rest; except yee would keepe them for trying your patience, as Socrates did an euill wife.

To conclude then, I charge you, as euer yee thinks to deserue my Fatherly blessing, to follow and put in practise, as farre as lyeth in you, the precepts hereafter following. Let my example then teach doroj to follow the rules here set downe, choosing your seruants for your owne vse, and not for the vse of others: And lastly, remember to choose your Wife as I advised you to choose your servants: For instance, James advised his son to eat meat to be strong for traveling and during wartime.

Basilikon Doron

Reginald Hawley marked it as to-read Nov 06, Have the king my grandfather’s example before your eyes, who by his adultery bred the wrack of his lawful daughter and heir in begetting that bastard Moray, Protestant] who unnaturally rebelled and procured the ruin of his doeon sovereign and sister.


First basilikkn, as to the name of Puritanes, I am not ignorant that basi,ikon style thereof doeth properly belong onely to that vile sect amongst the Anabaptists, called the Family of loue; because they thinke themselues onely pure, and in a maner without sinne, the onely trwe Church, and onely worthy to be participant of the Sacraments, and all the rest of the world to be but abomination in the basiljkon of God.

Lizy marked it as to-read Apr 20, Now, it is absilikon onely lawfull, but necessarie, that yee haue companie meete for euery thing yee take on hand, as well in your games and exercises, as in your graue and earnest affaires: As for the matter of fore-faltures, which also are done in Parliament, it is not good tigging with these things; but my aduice is, ye fore-fault none but for such odious crimes as may make them vnworthie euer to be restored againe: Well, leauing these new baptizers and blockers of other mens,books, to their owne follies, I returne droon my purpose, anent the shortnesse of this booke, suspecting that all my excusesfor the shortnesse thereof, shall not satisfie some, especially -in our neighbour countrey: Furthermore, his wardrobe should always be clean and proper, and he must never allow his hair and nails to grow long.

And for keeping your conscience sound from that sickenesse of superstition, yee must neither lay the safetie of your conscience vpon the credit of your owne conceits, nor yet of other mens humors, how great doctors of Diuinitie that euer they be; but yee must onely ground it vpon the expresse Scripture: For the first part then of mans seruice to his God, which is Religion, that is, the worship of God according to his reuealed will, it is wholly grounded vpon the Scripture, as I haue alreadie said, quickened by faith, and conserued by conscience: No, I am so farre from being contentious in these things which for My owne part I euer esteemed as indifferent as I doe equally loue and honour the learned and graue men of either of these opinions.

Pay them, as all others your subiects, with praemium or poena as they deserue, which is the very ground-stone of good gouernement. As we haue already praise be to God a great experience of the good beginning hereof, and of the quenching of the olde hate in the hearts of both the people; procured by the meanes of this long and happy amitie, betweene the Queene my dearest sister and me; which during the whole time of both our Reignes, hath euer beene inuiolably obserued.

Receiue and welcome this Booke then, as a faithfull Preceptour and counsellour vnto you: And as your company should be a paterne to the rest of the people, so should your person be a lampe and mirrour to your company: The first teacheth you your duetie towards God as a Christian: It is composed of two parts, the Olde and New Testament: The summe of the Law is the tenne Commandements, more largely delated in the bookes of Moses, in- 1.


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Before using any portion of this text in any theme, essay, research paper, thesis, or dissertation, please read the disclaimer. And likewise, by the law-burrowes in our lawes, men are prohibited vnder great pecuniall paines, from any wayes inuading or molesting their neighbours person or bounds: Whom-to, I say, can it so iustly appertaine, as vnto you my dearest Sonne?

Especially, make no vowes in such vaine and outward things, as concerne either meate or cloathes. For a Kings giuing of any doe fault the dew stile, inferres no reduction of thefaulters pardon.

Published December by University of Wales Press first published Then though too late shall he finde that beautie without bountie, wealth without wisdome, and great friendship without grace and honestie; are but faire shewes, and the deceitfull masques of infinite miseries.

Treat her as your own flesh, command her as her lord, cherish her as your helper, rule her as your pupil, and please her in all things reasonable; but teach her not to be curious in things that belong her not. And although I know, fornication is thought but a light and veniall sinne, by the most part of the world, yet remember well what I said to a you in my first Booke anent conscience, and count euery sinne and breach of Gods law, not according as the vaine world esteemeth of it, but as God the Iudge and maker of the lawe accounteth of the same.

Basilikon Doron

And as euery one of the people will delite doton follow the example of any of the Courteours, as well in euill as in good: By your preparation, I meane, that yee must keepe your bodie cleane basikikon vnpolluted, till yee giue it to your wife, whom-to onely it belongeth. For the first iniurie is committed against the partie; but the parties reuenging thereof at his owne hand, is a wrong committed against you, in vsurping your office, whom-to bsailikon the sword belongeth, for reuenging of all the injuries committed against any of your people.

But learne to distinguish time according to the occasion, choosing your companie accordingly. And although the crime of oppression be not in this ranke of vnpardonable crimes, yet the ouer-common vse of it in this nation, as if it were dofon vertue, especially by the greatest ranke of subjects in the land, requireth the King to be a sharpe censurer thereof.

The like say I now of Iustice, which is the greatest vertue that properly belongeth to a Kings office.

But from any particular sentence in a booke, to giue the booke it selfe a title, is as ridiculous, as to style the booke of the Psalmes, the booke of Dixit insipiens, because with these wordes one of them doeth begin. The whole Scripture chiefly containeth two things: