By Peter Donald
The idea that of kingship as Charles I understood it used to be challenged by way of the Covenanters in a fight of protest over the govt. of Scotland. even if many facets of this episode have obtained old consciousness, Charles's personal function has now not hitherto been investigated intimately. utilizing a wide physique of newly to be had proof, Dr Donald the following makes an attempt to redress the stability, and in doing so deals a considerably new point of view at the Scottish problems within the quandary years of 1637-41. This research sheds mild at the techniques wherein Charles, with tips and but usually regardless of it, attempted to uphold his case.
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Additional resources for An Uncounselled King: Charles I and the Scottish Troubles, 1637-1641
Duties in Scotland were relatively low by English standards. Increase benefited the Crown financially - and English merchants incidentally. Charles was not seeking to give deliberate offence surely; but he provoked urgent efforts by the offended interests to marshal protests. The coinage was another subject of grievance, where the personal advancement of entrepreneurs with the king stirred up trouble. 88 Was there a crisis of Scottish counsel? There was a national problem since, after Charles's accession, serious blows had been dealt to the independent traditions of the Scottish administration.
Was this the real 'crisis of counsel'? In England the parliaments of the 1620s ended on sour notes, being followed by proclamations about the evil plotting which had spoiled their wished-for harmony; the king moved to rule without parliaments. But there were attendant dramas in the English privy council, disagreements amongst those who had the king's ear. Charles expected much to follow his determined wishes - and to some extent himself steamrollered over the varying lines of counsel in evidence.
Faction and Parliament (Oxford, 1978), pp. 3 7 - 4 2 ; Cust, The Forced Loan, pp. 1 6 - 9 0 ; L. J. Reeve, 'Sir Robert Heath's advice for Charles I in 1629\BIHR, 65 (1986), pp. 2 2 0 - 1 . N L S Adv. M s . 3 3 . 1 . 4 , fol. 19v; RPCS, 2 n d Series, vol. I, pp. 2 2 0 - 1 , 2 3 0 - 2 . The king and his counsel 25 'liberties' were damaged by their exclusion from the Session, but Charles would still have all kinds of expectations of them; the ill-motivated exclusion of officers of state could only be a temporary gesture.
An Uncounselled King: Charles I and the Scottish Troubles, 1637-1641 by Peter Donald