David Hume and the finances of James I

Vol. 35 No. 3 (2015)

Jul-Sep / 2015
Published July 1, 2015
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How to Cite

Arthmar, Rogério. 2015. “David Hume and the Finances of James I”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 35 (3):661-79. https://doi.org/10.1590/0101-31572015v35n03a15.

David Hume and the finances of James I

Rogério Arthmar
UFES — Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 35 No. 3 (2015), Jul-Sep / 2015, Pages 661-679


David Hume and the finances of James I. This paper examines David Hume’s analysis, conducted in his book History of England, of the struggle between parliament and King James I over the Crown finances during the first quarter of the seventeenth century. Initially, it presents the main political elements behind the quarrel played out in the heart of England’s political power, followed by the Scottish writer’s comments on the royal finances, with emphasis on his views about the Crown receipts and expenditures during James’s I reign. In the end, the long run determinants of the parliamentary resistance to regal power identified by Hume are retrieved.

JEL Classification: B11; B31, N4.

Keywords: crown finances King James I parliament taxation liberty