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Book-Fires under James I.

to be the great servant of the Commonwealth!

And in this very matter of Cowell's book James not only denied any preference for the civil over the common law, but professed "that, although he knew how great and large a king's rights and prerogatives were, yet that he would never affect nor seek to extend his beyond the prescription and limits of the municipal laws and customs of this realm."[1]

A few years later Sir Walter Raleigh's first volume of his History of the World was called in at the King's command, " especially for being too saucy in censuring princes." This fate its wonderful author took greatly to heart, as he had hoped thereby to please the King extraordinarily;[2] and, considering the terms wherewith in his preface he pointed the contrast between James and our previous rulers, one cannot but share his astonishment.

This would seem to indicate that the King grew more sensitive about his position as time went on; and this conclusion is corroborated by his extraordinary conduct in reference to the works of David

  1. Winwood's Memorials III. 136.
  2. Letter of January 5th, 1614, in Court and Times of James I.