An Uncounselled King: Charles I and the Scottish Troubles, by Peter Donald

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 features of this episode have acquired historic cognizance, Charles's personal function has now not hitherto been investigated intimately. utilizing a wide physique of newly to be had proof, Dr Donald right here makes an attempt to redress the stability, and in doing so deals a considerably new standpoint at the Scottish issues within the hindrance years of 1637-41. This examine sheds mild at the tactics wherein Charles, with tips and but frequently even with it, attempted to uphold his case.

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The privy council met to discuss what should be done. On the conclusion that the Estates would assent to it, it was decided to prevent it being read at all. This raised the question of whether the councillors could actually block a matter intended for the convention of estates. A fuss arose when they attempted to do so; but, by arguing that they corporately represented the king's person, the action was carried. The same subject in effect was subsequently raised in the convention in a more subtle way through a petition as from the lay patrons.

At Whitehall Charles himself took occasion to give some instruction to his councillors relevant to their recent behaviour. When he sent to ask their advice, he said, there was good reason for them to give it to him; but when he sent down his pleasure and commanded them, there was reason to obey. He recalled having 'checked' the Earl of Melrose once before, who had asked leave for the council to delay any course they feared prejudicial to his service until they sent him their opinion. Melrose acknowledged that the king had said as much - but once again begged leave for the same, should there be risk of prejudice to the king's service or his laws: they were, he said, sworn to do it.

43, fols. 225, 227-8. NLS Wod. Fo. 42, fols. 233-4. The original account was probably written by Sir William Alexander for the king. Cf. W. Scot, An Apologeticall Narration of the State and Government of the Kirk of Scotland Since the Reformation, WS (Edinburgh, 1846), pp. 327-9; J. , Edinburgh, 1842), vol. I, pp. 142-3; GD 22/1/518. See also Lee, The Road to Revolution, pp. 99-100. Lee, The Road to Revolution, pp. 128, 131-3. For James and parliaments, see Wormald, Court, Kirk and Community, pp.

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