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injury or provocation.” For there is no question but a just fear of an imminent danger, though there be no blow given, is a lawful cause of a war.
For their wives: there are cruel examples of them. Livia is infamed for the poisoning of her husband : Roxalana, Solyman's wife, was the destruction of that renowned prince, Sultan Mustapha, and otherwise troubled his house and succession : Edward II. of England, his queen had the principal hand in the deposing and murder of her husband. This kind of danger is then to be feared, chiefly when the wives have plots for the raising of their own children, or else that they be advoutresses.
For their children: the tragedies likewise of dangers from them have been many. And generally the entering of fathers into suspicion of their children, hath been ever unfortunate. The destruction of Mustapha (that we named before) was so fatal to Solyman's line, as the succession of the Turks from Solyman until this day is suspected to be untrue, and of strange blood; for that Selymus II. was thought to be supposititious. The destruction of Crispus, a young prince of rare towardness, by Constantinus the Great, his father, was in like manner fatal to his house ; for both Constantinus and Constance his son died violent deaths; and Constantius, his other son, did little
better, who died indeed of sickness, but after that Julianus had taken arms against him. The destruction of Demetrius, son to Philip II. of Macedon, turned upon the father, who died of repentance. And many like examples there are; but few or none where the fathers had good by such distrust, except it were where the sons were brought up
in open arms against them; as was Selymus I. against Bajazet, and the three sons of Henry II. king of England.
For their prelates : when they are proud and great, there is also danger from them; as it was in the times of Anselmus and Thomas Becket, archbishops of Canterbury, who with their crosiers did almost try it with the king's sword; and yet they had to deal with stout and haughty kings; William Rufus, Henry I. and Henry II. The danger is not from that State, but where it hath a dependance of foreign authority; or where the churchmen come in, and are elected, not by the collation of the king, or particular patrons, but by the people.
For their nobles : to keep them at a distance, it is not amiss; but to depress them, may make a king more absolute, but less safe, and less able to perform any thing that he desires. I have noted it in my History of King Henry the Seventh of England, who depressed his nobility; whereupon it came to pass, that his times were full of difficul-ties and troubles; for the nobility, though they continued loyal unto him, yet did they not cooperate with him in his business ; so that in effect he was fain to do all things himself.
For their second nobles: there is not much danger from them, being a body dispersed. They may sometimes discourse high, but that doth little hurt. Besides, they are a counterpoise to the higher nobility, that they grow not too potent: and lastly, being the most immediate in authority with the common people, they do best temper popular commotions.
For their merchants: they are vena porta ; (the name of a vein in the human frame which gathers and conduct the blood to the most vital parts) and if they flourish not, a kingdom may have good limbs, but will have empty veins, and nourish little. Taxes and imposts upon them do seldom good to the king's revenue; for that he wins in the hundred, he looseth in the shire; the particular rates being increased, but the total bulk of trading rather decreased.
For their commons: there is little danger from them, except it be where they have great and potent heads, or where you meddle with the point of religion, or their customs, or means of life.
For their men-of-war: it is a dangerous state where they live and remain in a body, and are used to donatives; whereof we see examples in the Janizaries, and Pretorian bands of Rome: but trainings of men, and arming them in several places, and under several commanders, and without donatives, are things of defence, and no danger.
Princes are like to heavenly bodies ; which cause good or evil times ; and which have much veneration, but no rest. All precepts concerning Kings, are in effect comprehended in those two remembrances : Remember that thou art a man;" and “ Remember that thou art as God, or God's vicegerent:" the one bridleth their power, and the other their will.
Of Counsel. The greatest trust between man and man, is the trust of giving counsel: for in other confidences men commit the parts of life, their lands, their goods, their children, their credit, some particular affair: but to such as they make their counsellors, they commit the whole, by how much the more they are obliged to all faith and integrity. The wisest princes need not think it any diminution to their greatness, or derogation to their sufficiency, to rely upon counsel. God himself is not without, but hath made it one of the great names of his blessed Son: the Counsellor. Solomon hath pronounced, “ that in counsel is stability.” Things will have their first or second agitation ; if they be
not tossed upon the arguments of counsel, they will be tossed upon the waves of fortune, and be full of inconstancy, doing and undoing, like the reeling of a drunken man. Solomon's son found the force of counsel, as his father saw the necessity of it. For the beloved kingdom of God was first rent and broken by ill Counsel ; upon which counsel there are set for instruction the two marks, whereby bad Counsel is for ever best discerned, that it was young Counsel for the persons, and violent Counsel for the matter.
The antient times do set forth in figure, both the incorporation and inseparable conjunction of Counsel with kings, and the wise and the politic use of Counsel by kings; the one, in that they say, Jupiter did marry Metis, which signitieth Counsel, whereby they intend that Sovereignty is married to Counsel; the other, in that which followeth, which was thus :-They say, after Jupiter was married to Metis, she conceived by him, and was with child : but Jupiter suffered her not to stay till she brought forth, but eat her up; whereby he became bimself with child, and was delivered of Pallas Armed, out of his head : which monstrous fable containeth a secret of empire, how kings are to make use of their Council of State. That first they ought to refer matters unto them, which is the first begetting or impregnation; but when they are ela