Basilikon Doron

(redirected from Basilicon Doron)

Basilikon Doron

(bəsĭ`lĭkən dô`rən) [Gr.,=royal gift], book written by James VI of Scotland (subsequently James I of England) as a guide for the conduct of his son Henry when he became king. The work was completed in manuscript in 1598 and published the following year. James warned Henry of meddlesome ministers and expounded the doctrine of the divine right of kings. Henry died in 1612 before he could succeed his father.


See edition by J. Craigie (1944–50).

Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Her fullest explanation and application of a model "ideologeme" locates Jacobean women and men authors within a set of correspondences based on James I's Basilicon Doron.
Such is the nature of royalty presented by King James I in Basilicon Doron.
King James I, Elizabeth's successor, described the nature of royalty in his Basilicon Doron, a royal treatise on kingship dedicated to his son.
The strength of Shuger's analysis becomes evident when she looks at Measure for Measure's duke, an example of a "sacred monarch" whose type is illustrated in such texts as Desiderius Erasmus' Education of a Christian Prince, Martin Bucer's De regno Christi, and James I's Basilicon Doron.
The volume is comprised of annotated texts of the Basilicon Doron, The Trew Law of Free Monarchies, Triplici Nodo, Triplex Cuneus, speeches to Parliament and in Star Chamber, a Meditation upon the 27th, 28th, and 29th Verses of the 27th Chapter of Saint Matthew, and His Majesties Declaration, Touching his Proceedings in the Late Assemblie and Convention of Parliament (1622) - a considerable, though not complete, edition of James's political thought.