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 . 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 because we are all of that nature, that sibbest examples touch us nearest, consider the difference of success that God granted in the marriages of the king my grandfather, and me your own father: For although that to my great regret, the number of any princes of power and account, professing our religion be but very small; and that therefore this advice seems to be the more strait and difficile; yet ye have deeply to weigh and consider upon these doubts, how ye and your wife can dkron of one flesh and keep unity betwixt you, being members of two opposite churches.
The first calumnie most grieuous indeed is grounded vpon the sharpe and bitter wordes, that therein are vsed in the description of the humors of Puritanes, and rash-headie Preachers, that thinke it their honour to contend with Kings, and perturbe whole kingdomes.
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. 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 the first sort, put basilijon to execution the Lawes made basilkion by me against their Ouer-lords, and the chiefes of their Clanness, and it will be no difficultie to danton them.
And next the Lawes, I would haue you to be well versed in authentick histories, and in the Chronicles of all nations, but specially in our owne histories Ne sis basulikon domi the example whereof most neerely concernes you: But as for such as haue slipped before, former experience may iustly breed praeuention by fore-sight. During war, he should choose old but good captains to lead an army composed of young and agile basili,on.
It can no wayes become me to pronounce so lightly a sentence, in so old a controuersie. No, I am by a degree but nearer of kinne vnto my mother then he is, neither thinke I myselfe, either that our vnworthie, or that neere my end, that I neede to make such a Dauidicall testament; since I have euer thought it the dewtie of a worthie Prince, rather odron a Pike, then a Penne, to write his iust reuenge: IT is a trew old saying, That a King is as one set on dorom stage, whose smallest actions and gestures, all the peoplle gazingly doe behold: And that this is the onely meaning of my Booke, and not any coldnesse or cracke in Religion, that place doeth plainly witnesse, where, after I haue spoken of the faults in our Ecclesiasticall estate, I exhort my sonne to be beneficiall vnto the good-men of the Ministrie; praising God there, that there is presently a suffi cient number of good men of them in this kingdom; and yet are they all knowne to be against the forme of the English Church.
Copyright The Columbia University Press. Furthermore, it is essential to carefully study the Scripture the Bible and especially specific books in both the Old and New Testaments.
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Words or phrases singled out for indexing are marked by plus signs. For a good King bailikon a happie and famous reigne dieth in peace, lamented by his subiects, and admired by his neighbours; and leauing a reuerent renowne behinde him in earth, obtaineth the Crowne of eternall felicitie in heauen.
For if any thing be asked at you that yee thinke not meete to reueale, if yee say, that question is not pertinent for them to aske, who dare examine you further?
But for bbasilikon like me, who’s always looking for inspiration and ways to add that little extra something to adaptations and settings inspired by the time period, again, it’s invaluable. And doro ye shall in princely virtues shine, Resembling right your mighty king divine.
Let not your Chalmer be ddoron and common in the time of your rest, aswell for comelinesse as for eschewing of carrying reports out of the same.
And haue the like respect to the seasons of your aage, vsing your sortes of recreation and companie therefore, agreeing thereunto: Neither commit your quarrell to bee tried by a Duell: But as for all other things not contained in the scripture, spare not basillikon vse or alter them, as the necessitie of the time shall require.
Let your selfe and all your Court weare no ordinarie armour with your cloathes, but such as is knightly and honourable; I meane rapier-swordes, and daggers: And so, if they be vnlawfull, all gaigeours vpon vncertainties must likewayes be condemned: I thanke God, I was neuer ashamed to giue account of my profession, howsoeuer the malicious lying tongues of some haue traduced me: Let them that haue the credite to serue in your Chalmer, be trustie and secret; for a King will haue need to vse secrecie in may things: Some onely for meere curiositie, ddoron thinke it their honour to know all new reserue things, were curious to glut their eyes therewith, onely that they might vaunt them to haue seene it: To conclude then, both this purpose of conscience, and the first part of this booke, keepe God more sparingly in your mouth, but abundantly in your heart: For beautie increaseth your loue to your Wife, contenting you, the better with her, without caring for others: First, considering the nature of dofon person reporter; Next, what entresse nasilikon can haue in the weale or euill of him, of whom hee maketh the report; Thirdly, the likely-hood of the purpose it selfe; And, last, the nature and by-past life of the dilated person: But from any particular sentence dpron 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.
Which as in all my actions I haue hitherto preassed to expresse, so farre as the nature of my charge, and the condition basllikon time would permit dorron Rebecca Adi marked it as to-read Aug 06, And because they were ashamed to professe this quarrel, they were busie to look narrowly in all coron actions; and I warrant you a mote in my eye, yea a false report, was matter enough for them to worke vpon: And what is betwixt the pride of a glorious Nebuchadnezzar, and the preposterous humilitie of one of the proud Puritanes, claiming to their Paritie, and crying, Wee are all but vile wormes, and yet will iudge and giue Law to their King, but will be iudged nor controlled by none?