The Politics of Counsel in England and Scotland, 1286-1707

ISBN : 9780197266038

Jacqueline Rose
350 ページ
156 x 234 mm
Proceedings of the British Academy

Counsel was a fundamental element of the theoretical framework and practical workings of medieval and early modern government. Good rule was to be ensured by governors hearing wise advisers. This process of counsel assumed particular importance in England and Scotland between the 14th and 17th centuries because of the close adherence to ideas of the common good, commonweal, and community in this period. Yet, major changes in who gave counsel and how it operated were emerging. This volume identifies both the patterns and the moments of change while also recognising continuities. It examines counsel set in the context of Anglo-Scottish warfare, unions of the two nations, the Reformations, and early colonising ventures, as well as in the contingent circumstances of individual reigns and long-term evolutions in the nature of government. Examining counsel as ubiquitous yet archivally elusive, this volume uses government records, pamphlets, plays, poetry, histories, and oaths to establish a new framework for understanding advice. As it shows, a widespread belief in good counsel masked fundamental tensions between accountability and secrecy, inclusive representation and political cohesiveness, and between upholding and restraining sovereign authority.


1 JACQUELINE ROSE: The Problem of Political Counsel in Medieval and Early Modern England and Scotland
2 MICHAEL BROWN: 'Lele consail for the comoun profite': Kings, Guardians and Councils in the Scottish Kingdom, c.1250-1450
3 JOHN WATTS: Counsel and the King's Council in England, c.1340-c.1540
4 JEREMY CATTO: Counsel and Conscience in Lancastrian England
5 ELIZA HARTRICH: Locality, Polity and the Politics of Counsel: Royal and Urban Councils in England, 1420-1429
6 CLAIRE HAWES: 'Perverst counsale'? Rebellion, Satire and the Politics of Advice in Fifteenth-Century Scotland
7 RICHARD REX: Councils, Counsel and Consensus in Henry VIII's Reformation
8 SUSAN DORAN: Elizabeth I and Counsel
9 PAULINA KEWES: 'Jerusalem thou dydst promise to buylde up': Kingship, Counsel and Early Elizabethan Drama
10 ALAN R. MACDONALD: Consultation, Counsel and the 'Early Stuart Period' in Scotland
11 ALEXANDER HASKELL: Councils, Providence and Political Legitimacy in Early Virginia
12 ROGER A. MASON: Counsel and Covenant: Aristocratic Conciliarism and the Scottish Revolution
13 JACQUELINE ROSE: Sir Edward Hyde and the Problem of Counsel in Mid-Seventeenth-Century Royalist Thought
14 JACQUELINE ROSE: Councils, Counsel and the Seventeenth-Century Composite State


Edited by Jacqueline Rose, Lecturer in History, University of St Andrews

Michael Brown, Reader in Scottish History, University of St Andrews
Jeremy Catto, Emeritus Fellow, Oriel College, Oxford
Susan Doran, Senior Research Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford, and Tutorial Fellow, St Benet's Hall, Oxford
Eliza Hartrich, Fellow-by-Examination (Junior Research Fellow), Magdalen College, Oxford
Alexander B. Haskell, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Riverside
Claire Hawes, doctoral researcher, University of St Andrews.
Paulina Kewes, Fellow and Tutor in English Literature, Jesus College, Oxford, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Alan R. MacDonald, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Dundee
Roger A. Mason, Professor of Scottish History, University of St Andrews
Richard Rex, Reader in Reformation History and Fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge
Jacqueline Rose, Lecturer in Modern History, University of St Andrews
John Watts, Professor of Later Medieval History and Fellow and Tutor in History, Corpus Christi College, Oxford