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Mackenzie, George.  Jus regium; or, the just and solid foundations of monarchy in general; and more especially of the monarchy of Scotland: Maintain'd against Buchannan, Naphtali, Dolman, Milton, &c. London: Printed by R. Chiswell, 1684. 8vo (18.2 cm, 7.125"). Engr. frontis., [3] ff., 138 pp., [1] f, 139–209, [1] pp., [2 (ads)] ff.
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Mackenzie (1636–91) was a lawyer, politician, and staunch royalist. He served as king's advocate during the period of the covenanting persecution, and in Scottish covenanting tradition was known as "Bloody Mackenzie."
        It was in his role as king's advocate that his works included writings on political theory "that later came to denote the apotheosis of royalist political sentiment in the twilight years of Stuart absolutism in Scotland." His Jus regium is one of those political theory works and is "directed against the resistance theories expounded by post-Reformation presbyterians and Jesuits alike. Incensed that writers such as George Buchanan [in his De jure regni apud Scoto] 'should have adventur'd upon a debate in Law' without legal training and 'should have written Books upon that Subject, without citing one Law, Civil, or Municipal, pro or con', Mackenzie insisted that the sovereign authority of the Scottish monarch was divinely ordained, absolute, and irresistible (p. 6)" (ODNB).
        Pages 139–209 print Mackenzie's "That the lawful successor cannot be debarr'd from succeeding to the crown: maintain'd against Dolman [i.e., the Jesuit Robert Parsons], Buchannan, and others" with a special sectional title-page; and the final two leaves list "books printed for and sold by Richard Chiswell." The frontispiece portrait of Mackenzie was engraved by F.H. van Hove (circa 1628–98), a student of Frederik Bouttats the Younger.
        => This is an important Scottish take on monarchy, constitutional law, and the succession of kings and rulers.

ESTC R945; Wing (rev. ed.) M163. Recent marbled paper–covered boards with leather spine label. Light waterstaining across upper gutter corners; light age-toning, especially in the foremargins. Overall a nice copy.  (40105)   Please RESHELVE This.


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