Religion and Political Ideas (Trevelyan VIII)

Conrad Russell

in King James VI and I and his English Parliaments

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780198205067
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725098 | DOI:
Religion and Political Ideas (Trevelyan VIII)

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This chapter focuses on the concerns raised in James's parliaments in the realm of ideas. It explores the issues of Divine Right, the Royal Supremacy, and notions of absolutism in England; but argues that the most divisive concern in this area of issues was the fear that James did not understand the primacy of Common Law in England and was prepared to ride roughshod over the powers of the judges. However, it also highlights the role of Lord Chancellor Ellesmere in soothing and managing these differences.

Keywords: Divine Right; Royal Supremacy; absolutism; Common Law; Lord Chancellor; judges; Thomas Ellesmere

Chapter.  7854 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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