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

Jacqueline Rose


Counsel was a fundamental element of politics in medieval and early modern England and Scotland. It assisted decision-making; facilitated dialogue, representation, accountability, consent and consensus; and was used tactically to delegate, delay and criticise decisions. Despite the platitudinous commonplace that good rulers heard advice, counsel was fraught with tension. Whose advice was wisest, whether it should be given in institutional councils, and its relationship to sovereignty, were questions at the heart of thirteenth- to seventeenth-century political debate. Emphasising counsel over c ... More

Keywords: counsel, privy council, sovereignty, monarchy, England, Scotland, medieval, early modern, politics, political culture

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266038
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266038.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacqueline Rose, editor
Lecturer in History, University of St Andrews

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