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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By your preparation, I meane, that yee must keepe your bodie cleane and vnpolluted, till yee giue it to your wife, whom-to onely it belongeth. Home People History Historians, British: Obey in both; neither thinke it enough to abstaine from euill, and do no good; nor thinke not that if yee doe many good things, it may serve you for a cloake to mixe euill turnes therewith.
But to returne to the purpose of garments, they ought to be vsed according to their first institution by God, which was for three causes: First of all consider, that Mariage is the greatest earthly felicitie or miserie, that can bxsilikon to a man, according as it pleaseth God to blesse or curse the same.
Bee warre likewaies to abuse your selfe, in making your sporters your counsellers: Punishing the breach thereof in a Courteour, more seuerely, then in the person of any other of your subjects: Yea, so farre I am in that place from admitting corruption in Religion, as I wish him in promoouing them, to vse such caution, as may preserue their estate from creeping to corruption; euer vsing that forme through the whole Booke, where euer I speake of bad Preachers, terming them some of the Ministers, and not Ministers or Ministrie in generall.
For order putting to them, put the good Lawes in execution that are already made anent these abuses; but especially doe three things: Let all your food bee simple, without composition or sauces; which are more like medecines then meate.
The larger interpretation and vse thereof, is contained in the Epistles of the Apostles: Want to Read saving…. But if the charitable Reader will aduisedly consider, both the methode and matter of my Treatise, he will easily iudge, what wrong I haue sustained by the carping at both: And among al prophane histories, I must not omit most specially to recommend vnto you, the Commentaries of Caesar; both for the sweete flowing of the stile, as also for the worthinesse of the matter it selfe: Laura added it Nov 10, All your seruants and Court must be composed partly of minors such as young Lords, to be brought vp in your company, or Pages and such like; and partly of men of perfit aage, for seruing you in such roumes, as ought to be filled with men of wisedome and discretion.
For they are deceiued therein, in founding their argument vpon a mistaken ground, which is, that the playing at such games, is a kind of casting of lot, and therefore vnlawfuh; wherein they deceiue themselues: Spare not to goe there, for gracing that farre any that yee fauour, by your presence to procure them expedition of justice; although that should be specially done, for the poore that cannot waite on, or are debarred by mightier parties.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Please tell us in this minute survey! But specially take good heed to the choice of your seruants, that ye preferre to the offices of the Crowne and estate: As for a preseruatiue against this Leaprosie, remember euer once in the foure and twentie houres, either in the night, or when yee are at greatest quiet, to call your selfe to account of all your last dayes actions, either wherein ye haue committed dorkn yee should not, or omitted the things ye should doe, either in your Christian or Kingly calling: Remember howe that errour brake the King my grand-fathers heart.
Dylan Jones rated it really liked it May 06, Treat her as your owne flesh, command baeilikon as her Lord, cherish her as your helper, rule her as your pupill, and please her in all things reasonable; but teach doon not to be curious in things that belong her not: But if in some places it seeme too obscure, impute it to the shortnesse thereof, being foron for the respect of my selfe, and of my Sonne, constrained there-unto: Your louing Father I.
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Mark rated it really liked it Aug 27, Pfglasteel marked it as to-read Oct 02, But the reformation of Religion in Scotland, being extraordinarily wrought by God, wherin many things were inordinately done by a popular tumult and rebellion, of such as blindly were doing the worke of God, but clogged with their owne passions and particular respects, as well appeared by, the destruction of our policie, and not proceeding from the Princes order, as it did in our neighbour countrey of England, as likewise in Denmarke, and sundry parts of Germanie; some fierie spirited men in the ministerie, got such a guiding of the people at that time of confusion, as finding the gust of gouernment sweete, they begouth to fantasie to themselues a Democraticke forme of gouernment: And therefore I would rathest have you to marry one that were fully of your own religion; her rank and other qualities being agreeable to your estate.
And thus in a firme trust that it shall please God, who with my being basilion Crowne, gaue me this minde, to maintaine and augment the same in me and my posteritie, to the discharge owne of our conscience, the maintenance of our Honour, and weale of our people, I bid thee heartily farewell. BVT as ye are clothed with two callings, so must ye be alike careful for the discharge of them both: Since then without the blessing of God, ye cannot look for a happy success in marriage, ye must be careful both in your preparation for it and in the choice and usage of your wife, to procure the same.
And so, if they be vnlawfull, all gaigeours vpon vncertainties must likewayes be condemned: BASILIKON DORON [Basil] their seruants dorron dependers in any wrong, although they be not answerable to the lawes for any body will maintaine his man in a right cause and for anie displeasure, diron they apprehend to be done vnto them by their neighbour, to take vp a plaine feide against him; and without respect to God, King, or commonweale to bang it out brauely, hee and all his kinne, against him and all his: Employ euery man as ye thinke him qualified, but vse not one in all things, lest he waxe proude, and be enuied of his fellowes.
Teach obedience to your seruants, and not to thinke themselues ouer-wise: And as your company should be basilikno paterne to the rest of the people, so should your person be a lampe and mirrour to your company: Before using any portion of this text in any theme, essay, research paper, thesis, or dissertation, please read the disclaimer.
Keep precisely then your promise made at marriage, as ye would wish to be partaker of the blessing therein. But towards them, I onely vse this prouision, that where the Law is other-wayes, they may coron themselues soberly and quietly with their owne opinions, not resisting to the authoritie, nor breaking the Law of the Countrey; neither aboue all, slurring any rebellion or schisme: And now as to the matter it selfe whereupon this scandall is taken, that I may sufficiently satisfie all honest men, and by a iust Apologie raise vp a brasen wall or bulwarke against all the darts of the enuious, I will the more narrowly rip vp the words, whereat they seeme to be somewhat stomacked.
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Would ye bee more particularly trained vp in his Schoole? Whom against I haue written the more bitterly, in respect of diuers famous libels, and iniurious speaches spread by some of them, not onely dishonourably inuective against all Christian Princes, but euen reproachfull to our profession and Religion in respect they are come out vnder coulour thereof.
But the principal blessing that ye can get of good company will stand in your marrying of a godly and virtuous wife, for she must be nearer unto you than any other company, being flesh of your flesh, and bone of your bone, as Adam said of Hevah.
Joe rated it liked it Aug 23, For if a man wil be careful to breed horses and dogs of good kinds, how much more careful should he be, for the breed of his owne loines? In the index, numbers in parentheses indicate how many times the item appears. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia.
They are also the speciall cause of the corruption of the coyne, transporting all our owne, and bringing in forraine, vpon what price they please to set on it: And as for the blessing God hath bestowed on mee, in granting me both a greater continencie, and the fruits following there-upon, your selfe, and sib folkes to you, are praise be to God sufficient witnesses: As for the matter of fore-faltures, which also are done in Parliament, it is not good tigging with these things; but my aduice is, ye fore-fault none but for such odious crimes as may make them vnworthie euer to be restored againe: This book sounds, in the description, like a blowhard’s treatise, but the truth is, it’s sweet.