Basilikon Doron

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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.

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See edition by J. Craigie (1944–50).

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King James I, Elizabeth's successor, described the nature of royalty in his Basilicon Doron, a royal treatise on kingship dedicated to his son.
Michael Ullyot continues this theme by examining James' instructions to his son, in his Basilicon Doron. Ullyot argues that this text was aimed less at instructing Henry, but more used the existence of Henry to further James' claims for his own reign.
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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. His role is to guarantee attention to the "sacral loci" within the state and its provisions for order, that is, those sources from which "the moral and spiritual substance of Christianity enters the political field and transforms it, lighting up the circumambient darkness like Portia's good deed in a naughty world" (45).
By focusing on conscience in William Perkins's Discourse of Conscience, James VI and I's Basilicon Doron, and Shakespeare's history plays, particularly Henry V, I hope to illuminate tensions between individual judgment and obligations to authority within the concept of conscience that give us more precise understanding of religious and national identity in early modern England.
In the year that Henry V was first performed, James VI of Scotland published Basilicon Doron, dedicated to his son and instructing him in "all the points of his calling, aswell generall, as a Christian towards God; as particular, as a King towards his people." (8) According to James, conscience is "the conseruer of Religion, ...
Greimas, Fredric Jameson, Julia Kristeva, and Gilles Deleuze, focuses them on discursive data from James I's Basilicon Doron, and identifies an ideologeme which acts as a 'base narrative program' (p.
NO adequate gloss exists for the use of the term `Candie-souldier' in book three of Basilicon Doron:
First, the French translation by Hotman as cited by Craigie is inaccurate, the exact phrase from the 1603 edition being `non bigarre comme d'un gendarme esuente, ou d'un mignon frise'.(6) Second, the Spanish translation of Basilicon Doron by Juan Pemberton (c.
James I's Basilicon Doron, offered as exemplifying the affirmation of divine right by a flawed king, has elsewhere been judged ~confused and contradictory',(2) and such contradictory views are explored empirically in much medieval and Renaissance literature and drama, notably in Shakespeare's Plantagenet series.
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.
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. This model serves as a useful background for allusions to Shakespeare and Jonson as well as Queen Anne, Mary Wroth, and John Donne.