18 September 2019

ARTICLE: Ioannis D. EVRIGENIS, "Sovereignty, mercy, and natural law: King James VI/I and Jean Bodin" (History of European Ideas 2019)

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The affinities between Jean Bodin's and King James VI/I's political theories have been recognized, and the fact that James had owned Bodin's Six livres de la république has been recorded, but Bodin's specific influence on James has remained nebulous. This article examines the evidence for James's direct engagement with Bodin, by studying James's copy of the Six livres alongside James's political treatises. It provides substantial new archival evidence for Bodin's influence on James's political thought and, thereby, on Scottish and English theories of sovereignty.
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