The Trew Law of Free Monarchies

The Trew Law of Free Monarchies

"The Trew Law of Free Monarchies: The Reciprock and mutuall duetie betwixt a free King and his naturall Subiects" is a book of political theory by James VI of Scotland (later to be crowned James I of England too). [Pauline Croft (2003), "King James", Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 0-333-61395-3.] It is believed James VI wrote the book to set forth his idea of kingship, in contrast to the contractarian views espoused by, among others, George Buchanan (in "De Jure Regni apud Scotos", 1579). James VI had the work published in 1598. It is considered remarkable for setting out the doctrine of the "divine right of kings" in England and Scotland for the first time. James saw the divine right of kings as an extension of the apostolic succession.

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