By Peter Donald
The idea that of kingship as Charles I understood it used to be challenged by means of the Covenanters in a fight of protest over the govt. of Scotland. even though many elements of this episode have got ancient realization, Charles's personal position has now not hitherto been investigated intimately. utilizing a wide physique of newly to be had proof, Dr Donald right here makes an attempt to redress the stability, and in doing so bargains a considerably new viewpoint at the Scottish problems within the situation years of 1637-41. This research sheds mild at the approaches wherein Charles, with information and but frequently inspite of it, attempted to uphold his case.
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The king's cause was evidently considered to be on somewhat weak ground. 114 For some, however, prayer and tears or even exile marked the times. 115 The natural advantage lay with the monarch, but Charles would have been well advised to play cautiously. The apparel controversy indicated that this was far from likely. The travesty of the Balmerino case moreover was no help to stability. It showed a measure of vindictiveness against what after all was presented as a petition. Some might easily argue this to be rule badly counselled; it was certainly often cited after 1637 if not before.
Once the persecution was begun, however, the intention to plead innocence of the charges was not to entail denying the value of the supplication. 110 Balmerino of course had played a regular part in church protest. It seems likely that bishops and king together readily took offence, but for anything more there was delay. Depositions relating to the case were taken in June 1634, some three months after the case came to the king's notice; only in October that year was the decision taken to pursue him, after a visit by the Bishop of Ross to Court.
2 3 . 22 An uncounselled king a parliament. The first time, Charles seemingly did not want to engage with this — as over the Revocation — and advanced his argument of logic already described. On the second occasion, after Nithsdale had first exploded at the presumption of the Lord Chancellor's suggestions, the king took the whole council to task that they had forwarded advice from the 1625 convention of estates to call a parliament. Hay offered the interesting response that they had indeed hesitated to send this advice, which so nearly called the king's authority into question, but that on his initiative the advice had been rephrased.