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The True Law of Free Monarchies and Basilikon Doron

James I's unique writings are more often known of than known and read. The True Law of Free Monarchies is a theoretical justification of the divine right of kings; Basilikon Doron (or the king's gift) is a pragmatic guide, a "how to" book, that combines James's personal experiences as king of Scotland, with his scholarly and literary notions of the ideal comportment of the monarch.

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