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The Ecclesiastical Policy of King James I

Fincham, Kenneth, Lake, Peter (1985) The Ecclesiastical Policy of King James I. Journal of British Studies, 24 (2). pp. 169-207. ISSN 0021-9371. (doi:10.1086/385831) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

In a sermon preached at Hampton Court on September 30, 1606, John King proclaimed that “our Solomon or Pacificus liveth.” James I had “turned swords into sithes and spears into mattocks, and set peace within the borders of his own kingdoms and of nations about us.” His care for the “Church and maintenance to it” was celebrated. All that remained was for his subjects to lay aside contentious matters and join “with his religious majesty in propagation of the gospel and faith of Christ.” The sermon was the last in a series of four preached—and later printed—at the king's behest before an unwilling audience of Scottish Presbyterians. The quartet outlined James's standing as a ruler by divine right and laid down the conceptual foundations of the Jacobean church. A godly prince, exercising his divinely ordained powers as head of church and state, advised by godly bishops, themselves occupying offices of apostolic origin and purity, would preside over a new golden age of Christian peace and unity. A genuinely catholic Christian doctrine would be promulgated and maintained; peace and order would prevail. James I was rex pacificus, a new Constantine, a truly godly prince. As he himself observed in 1609, “my care for the Lord's spiritual kingdom is so well known, both at home and abroad, as well as by my daily actions as by my printed books.”

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1086/385831
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: James Farley
Date Deposited: 30 May 2018 14:35 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:35 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/67167 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Fincham, Kenneth: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8539-2124
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