Even so, the reception of the 1603 Lepanto pales in comparison to the huge success of the 1603 Basilikon Doron, which went through eight editions in 1603 alone (Wormald, 51).
James VI and I, Basilikon Doron and The Trew Law of Free Monarchies The Scottish Context and the English Translation.
For, since James himself described sodomy as an unforgivable crime in his Basilikon Doron
, he may well have wanted to avoid displaying such "scandalous" sexual desire "upon the theater, as it were, of the world" (20).
Most notable among this leadership was Andrew Melville, who once took the king by the sleeve and called him "God's sillie vassall," and who attacked James's handbook of kingly advice, Basilikon Doron, for its "Anglo-pisco-papisticall Conclusiones.
54) Here he refers to Psalm 82:6, a passage James draws upon on many subsequent occasions - the sonnet beginning Basilikon Doron, for instance, opens "God giues not Kings the stile of Gods in vaine, / For on his Throne his Scepter doe they swey.
In Basilikon Doron, James's second major political text of this period, he expands upon the particulars of the king's equitable discretion:
These seven essays explore aspects ranging from the possible symbiotic relationship between the playwright and renowned contemporary actors, the difficulties inherent in the construction of gender and "other" in Twelfth Night, a comparison of the images of the virile/effeminate tyrant in treatises of statecraft and Macbeth and Richard III, patriarchal oppression surrounding Renaissance discourse on witchcraft in Macbeth, the relationship between Measure for Measure and James I's Basilikon Doron
in terms of sexual and political control, a survey and critique of feminist criticism and theory of Shakespeare studies, and a critique of the apotheosis of Shakespeare in past and current scholarship in an effort to break the habit of "bardolatry.
Here, Netzloff makes use of texts like James's Basilikon Doron
(1599) and Ben Jonson's The Gypsies Metamorphosed (1621) to explore identity and boundaries.
or His Majesties Instructions to his Dearest Sonne, Henry the Prince.
Peacham, who met James at Hinchingbrooke on the progress down England in 1603, sought his patronage, and later that of Prince Henry, for whom James wrote Basilikon Doron