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The subject of Britain reads key early seventeenth-century texts by Bacon, Daniel, Drayton, Hume, Jonson, Shakespeare and Speed within the context of the triple monarchy of King James VI and I, whose desire to create a united Britain unleashed serious debate and reflection concerning nationhood and national sovereignty. This book traces writing on Britain through a variety of discursive forms: succession literature, panegyric, union tracts and treatises, plays, maps and histories. Attending to the emergence of new ideologies and new ways of thinking about collective identities, The subject of Britain seeks to advance knowledge by foregrounding instances of fruitful cultural production in this period. Bacon’s and Hume’s pronouncements on the common ancestry, the cultural proximity of Britain’s inhabitants, for instance, evinces Jacobean imaginings of peoples and nations joining together, however tenuously. By focusing on texts printed in not just London but also Edinburgh as well as manuscript material that circulated across Britain, this book sheds valuable light on literary and extra-literary texts in relation to the wider geopolitical context that informed, indeed enabled, their production. By combining the historical study of literary and non-literary texts with the history of political thought and the history of the book broadly defined, The subject of Britain offers a fresh approach to a signal moment in the history of early modern Britain. Given its interdisciplinary nature, this book will appeal to literary historians and historians of early modern Britain as well as undergraduates and postgraduates.

‘Popularity’, King James VI and I, Parliament and monarchists
Cesare Cuttica

Chapter 4 . Filmer’s patriarchalism in context: ‘popularity’, King James VI and I, Parliament and monarchists THe DANGer OF ‘POPuLArITY’ IN JAcOBeAN AND eArLY cArOLINe POLITIcs A s Peter Lake showed, by the end of the 1620s there existed ‘two structurally similar but mutually exclusive conspiracy theories … purported to explain the political difficulties of the period’.1 The monarchist narrative of ‘popularity’ focused on recurrent ‘puritanical’ plots threatening the existence of monarchy. By contrast, the ‘anti-popery’ argument insisted on popish

in Sir Robert Filmer (1588-1653) and the patriotic monarch
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English identity and the Scottish ‘other’, 1586–1625
Jenna M. Schultz

Through dynastic accident, England and Scotland were united under King James VI and I in 1603. To smooth the transition, officials attempted to create a single state: Great Britain. Yet the project had a narrow appeal; the majority of the English populace rejected a closer relationship with Scotland. Such a strong reaction against Scotland resulted in a revived sense of Englishness.

This essay analyses English tactics to distance themselves from the Scots through historical treatises. For centuries, the English had created vivid histories to illuminate their ancient past. It is evident from the historical works written between 1586 and 1625 that authors sought to maintain a position of dominance over Scotland through veiled political commentaries. As such, their accounts propagated an English national identity based on a sense of historical supremacy over the Scottish. This was further supported through the use of language studies and archaeological evidence. After the 1603 Union of the Crowns, these stories did not change. Yet questions arose regarding the king’s genealogy, as he claimed descent from the great kings of both kingdoms. Consequently, historians reinvented the past to merge their historical accounts with the king’s ancestral claims while continuing to validate English assertions of suzerainty.

in Local antiquities, local identities
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such a popularity was also the fact that Bellarmine’s political opinions came under heavy fire across europe.4 On english soil one of the most vehement reactions to them was set forth by King James VI and I.5 Branding the Jesuits a bunch of wicked ‘preachers’, in 1598 James (then still in scotland) announced that in both england and France they had ‘busied themselues most to stir vp rebellion vnder cloake of religion’.6 He added that their theories promoted external intrusion into kingdoms, which led ‘to expell and put out their rigtheous King’.7 A few years later

in Sir Robert Filmer (1588-1653) and the patriotic monarch
Shakespeare and King James
Neil Rhodes

especially Roger Mason ed., Scots and Britons: Scottish Political Thought and the Union of 1603 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994). 2 King James VI and I, Selected Writings , ed. Neil Rhodes, Jennifer Richards and] Joseph Marshall (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003), p. 297. (All references are to this edition

in Shakespeare and Scotland
The Stuart claim
Richard A. McCabe

succession’, in Ralph Houlbrooke (ed.), James VI and I: Ideas, Authority and Government (Aldershot, 2006), pp. 25–42. 5 Peter C. Herman, ‘“Best of poets, best of kings”: King James VI and I and the scene of monarchic verse’, in Daniel Fischlin and Mark Fortier (eds), Royal Subjects: Essays on the Writings of James VI and I (Detroit, MI, 2002), pp. 61–103 (p. 61). 6 For the disappointments of the Anglo-Scottish treaty, see Maurice Lee, Great Britain’s Solomon: James VI and I in His Three Kingdoms (Urbana, IL, 1990), pp. 64–5. 7 G. P. V. Akrigg (ed.), Letters of King

in Doubtful and dangerous
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Continental powers and the succession
Thomas M. McCoog, SJ

Ralph Houlbrooke (ed.), James VI and I. Ideas, Authority and Government, (Aldershot, 2006), pp. 25–42. I agree with Dr Doran that the succession was of less importance in the 1580s but, because of the activities of Spain and the Catholic earls, became increasingly more important in the early 1590s. The appearance of Doleman’s treatise moved it to a higher gear. 14 See D. Harris Willson, King James VI and I (London, 1956), pp. 85–95; W. B. Patterson, King James VI and I and the Reunion of Christendom (Cambridge, 1997), p. 89; Doran, ‘James VI’, p. 32. 15 ‘Securing

in Doubtful and dangerous
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Accession, union, nationhood
Christopher Ivic

, staged its intra- and inter-island warfare and formed its multinational writing communities. Centred chronologically by the years 1603–25, this book explores Britain and its writing subjects within the context of the unprecedented triple monarchy of the Scottish King James VI and I, whose accession to the English throne in 1603 and desire for Anglo-Scottish or British union prompted his subjects to reflect on questions of cultural memory, intermingling, nationhood, national sovereignty, neighbourliness and political subjectivity/citizenship in new and exciting ways

in The subject of Britain, 1603–25
Pascale Drouet

. 106–8. 28 Carroll, ‘Theories of Kingship’, p. 132. Carroll particularly refers to ‘An Homily Against Disobedience and Willful Rebellion’. 29 King James VI and I, The Trew Law of Free Monarchies: Or The Reciprock and mutuall duetie betwixt a free King and his

in Shakespeare and the denial of territory
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right to resist tyrannical or heretical princes in european disputes; to the exclusion crisis period (1679– 81) when they enjoyed a revival. Thematically rich and multivalent in scope, Filmer’s oeuvre is thus presented as the articulation of a european mind at work to clarify the same topics which had engaged Jean Bodin and the French politiques, King James VI and I, Thomas Hobbes, and Jesuit thinkers like cardinal robert Bellarmine and Francisco suarez, John Locke and JacquesBénigne Bossuet. By no means a hagiographic portrayal of Filmer nor an unhistorically

in Sir Robert Filmer (1588-1653) and the patriotic monarch