Kingship and Crown Finance under James VI and I, 1603-1625 by John Cramsie

By John Cramsie

This booklet rejects outright the stereotypical picture of James VI and that i as mindlessly extravagant and integrates crown finance with James'skingship. It bargains either a clean view of crown finance - considered one of theblackest parts in James's historic recognition - and a reconstruction of ways the king who wrote on divine correct monarchyoperated his kingship in perform. Drawing on either his humanisteducation, rather his examining of Xenophon's Cyropaedia, and his kingship in Scotland, James built a transparent, thought of time table for crown finance. He used it consciously to underwrite his novel place because the first king of 'Great Britain' and to consolidate the Stuart dynasty outdoors of Scotland. This examine analyses intimately how James shaped and refashioned political regimes in England to additional this schedule among 1603-25. JOHN CRAMSIE is Assistant Professor of British and Irish background at Union university, Schenectady, ny.

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66 James’s success in Scotland owed much to these skills and to the exercise of patronage by the Scottish crown. The imperative did not change after 1603; if anything James might have empathised with Xenophon’s Cyrus, whose youth, education and campaigns formed only the prelude to his great work, the organisation of princely government in his vast new empire. Book viii of the Cyropaedia stands as a sustained exposition of effective kingship. The most honourable and conducive path to personal security for Cyrus and to the preservation of his new empire was to make nobles more powerful friends of himself than of any other 62 Jenny Wormald, Lords and men in Scotland: bonds of manrent, 1442–1603, Edinburgh 1985.

50 However, the nature of service was increasingly open to debate and disagreement, the product of tensions between a recipient’s religious pedigree, the ‘terminology of private 46 Any discussion of the patronage culture is indebted to the scholarship of Linda Levy Peck, but I have tried to frame this discussion in a way which addresses more particularly this study’s emphasis on crown finance rather than seek to summarise fully her work and that of others. 47 Peck, Court patronage, 3–4. 48 S.

124 BL, MS Add. 10038, fo. 19r; MS Lansdowne 165, fo. 119r. 125 BL, MS Cotton Titus B 5, fos 175r–80v (12 Dec. 1612). 126 PRO, SP 14/87/63, fo. 126r–v (19 June 1616). 127 BL, MS Cotton Titus B 4, fos 126r–8v; MS Cotton Titus B 5, fos 158r–9v, 174r–v (erroneously catalogued as pertaining to privy seals); MS Cotton Cleopatra F 6, fos 301r–13v. 128 BL, MS Add. 10038, fos 241r–2v (25 Apr. 1612). vp Tuesday, July 16, 2002 05:28:16 Color profile: Disabled Composite Default screen JACOBEAN CROWN FINANCE a benevolence was collected in 1614 upon the lead of Archbishop Abbot and the clergy.

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