What makes a good king?

A king must have a firm hand – meaning that he must have a strong conscience, so he shouldn’t have a softness in nature. He demands people to do things so he is respected and doesn’t get a bad reputation. A king must also have democracy; he must consider what his people say, and not only what he thinks, in other words the king is fair. Commitment to the country would show the patriotism and love of the king to the country and his readiness to support the country. James VI and I did have experience as a king in Scotland, he “understands clearly and judges carefully and wisely” as accounted by M. Diffonane, the then French ambassador to Scotland with whom James had work with, and so the ambassador, who might’ve observed the way James ruled, therefore we can tell that this is a trustworthy source because of James’ relation towards the ambassador. It is important that a king judges and carefully and wisely so that he is able to overcome issues he is confronted with. The ambassador also says that James is “well taught in many languages, science and government”, it’s very useful because if he knows government he will be able to govern the country well. “he is remarkably intelligent” -We can also tell from these sources that James VI and I was smart; this is good because a clever king would know how to make good decisions. James VI and I also had bad things said about him, the French ambassador also mentioned how “manners are crude and his lazy letting others do all the work” – one of my requirements of being a good king is to actually make good decisions, but also make them yourself. Also mentioned by Sir John Oglander, “to hear of war was death to him” – This shows that James doesn’t have confidence of leading his country to victory and instead he sees it as a threat, and this makes him worried. James was also described as “a fool in important matters” – this shows he is not able to make good decisions when it comes to big important things. James VI and I’s flaws were very serious. As far as I can see, James VI and I didn’t have a firm hand or a strong conscience, it is described in one of the sources that James had a “softness in his nature” – this means when he told his men to do something, he would order half-heartedly, in other words he wouldn’t be taken very seriously. This is a problem as his men can get complacent with commands and even at times disobey the king because they didn’t expect a large punishment but instead, he would be lectured. James had a “habit of lecturing people”. This shows that the way he orders and punishes his men for disobeying is unusual and shows no sign of dominance. This also might show how he is not serious about governing the country or ruling it. We cannot tell if there was democracy when James VI and I ruled. James is “letting others do all the work.” This may show democracy, but it doesn’t show whether he actually listens or not. However another source mentions that James “understands clearly and judges carefully and wisely.” This source shows that he listens, whether he takes action or not is unknown. Nevertheless, he is being too fair. He should also consider his own judgment as well as other people, which is not shown. Whether he takes interest in his work or not, we can tell that he doesn’t have much interest to begin with. James is “lazy, letting others do all the work”. We can infer that he doesn’t take interest in his work because he doesn’t Ali Sabir 8AGO his. essay – James VI and I – Good or Bad?

and when someone disobeyed him. he would give them a lecture. He obviously wasn’t willing to make the sacrifice of protecting is country if ever faced with war. he would just sit there and let other people do all the work. they would conquer other countries and expand their knowledge and resources and James was afraid of war. The concept of war to James frightened him. the reason being is the fact that he didn’t even take his job seriously to begin with. and this shows he wasn’t ready to make sacrifices and go to war. James VI and I was not fit to rule Britain.do anything about it. This shows that James didn’t have commitment to Britain in its time of need. he didn’t seem to know how to deal with problems he was faced with and would naturally leave it to his men to do. One of the most successful empires in history is the Roman Empire. he tells other people to go do some things and doesn’t do anything for himself. essay – James VI and I – Good or Bad? . Ali Sabir 8AGO his. He was described as the “most cowardly man I ever knew” (Sir John Oglander) – This is in terms of war. sacrifices like what would happen if they lost and the mere possibility. I think that James VI and I was NOT fit to be king. I don’t think that James has a large commitment to Britain back then. In conclusion. meaning that he couldn’t stand a soldier. Finally. and James obviously hated the concept of war. What is also mentioned in the same source is James could “not endure a soldier”.

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