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

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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 ... Read more


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