King Charles I Letter XXXII

In The King’s Cabinet Opened letter XXXII stood out to me. I took interest in this letter because of the discussion we had of the Queen’s dominant role and the King’s passiveness. For example, the King writes to the Queen; “Seeming to me that you write as if I had in my letter something which displeased you: If that hath been, I am very innocent in my intention.” (p.41). The King apologizes to the Queen because he gets the sense that one of his previous letters upset her. It seems as if the King fears that if she was displeased with his letter there would be repercussions. The King mentions that his intentions were innocent, like that of a child (harmless).

The King later mentions that, “I only did believe that it was necessary you should know all.” (p.41). Here it is evident that the King believes he must inform the Queen of everything.  In class we mentioned that the King should be the patriarch, and that he is the one to be informed of everything, but here we see opposite. Clearly the Queen is the matriarch and she trumps the King’s authority. This is a valid assertion because in the annotations the editor mentions that, “The Queen appears to have been as harsh and imperious towards the King as she is implacable to our religion, nation, and government.” (p.53). The Queen was all powerful and feared not only by the people but also her husband.

This is also exemplified when the King says, “I have already affliction enough to fear, be kind to me or you kill me.” (p.41). The King admits he fears the Queen, and that she will kill him. I also must highlight the fact that the Queen does not seem to fully trust the King. In the King’s letter he wrote, “You would have me keep to myself your dispatches, as if you believe that I should be capable to shew them to any, only Lord Ier. To uncypher them but if it please you I will do it, and none in the world shall see them. (p.41). The King and Queen must have been discussing matters that were secret, and exclusively between them. This validates the notion that the King and Queen where hiding information from their people.

(“Lord Ir” also known as the “Queen’s Dwarf” was a trusted cypher for the King and Queen. He was like a decoder of messages to ensure that the King and Queens messages could not be read by anyone else.)

This letter was controversial because the Queen who was of catholic descent had supreme rule over the protestant people. There was a major fear that the Queen was trying to convert the people back to Catholicism. The editor noted in the annotations that the Queen, “be of the weaker sex, borne an alien, bred up in a contrary religion, yet nothing great or small is transacted without her privity & consent.(p.53). The issue arises because the Queen had power but she did not truly care about the people. The quotes that I have mentioned from the letter highlight the fact that the Queen was always informed about matters from the King, and she validated (or disputed) everything. This is why letter XXXII is so controversial because a Queen of a different denomination held supreme power about people she did not care very much about.

After reviewing the articles on Snowden, Manning, and WikiLeaks it is evident that oppression by the government is still a relevant issue that has sparked conflict between the government and citizens. The ideology that the government has supreme authority over everything is being threatened by violators of the law such as Manning and Snowden. These two individuals have chosen to go against the grain of the government. The scandal in Snowden’s case: the government has admitted to, “Unauthorized collection of data,” (Ludlow), and spying on individuals. As for Manning the government is well aware that they are imprisoning innocent people because they go against the Prime Minister’s authority.

Conflict heightens when you have individuals who claim that they break the law for the bettering of the human race, or because they see it as morally fit. Those who oppose these individuals see this as an ultimate betrayal of the government. These cases are very similar to The Kings Cabinet Opened because you have a King and Queen who are very manipulative and sneaky while dealing with governmental matters. The Queen ruled over the throne with absolute power and the U.S and foreign powers are doing the same by incarcerating Manning and Snowden for doing something that they believed to be morally right. Another similarity is that the Queen (and King), and the U.S kept secrets from their people. (America: spying on people without making them aware and the King and Queen: made a treaty and deals without informing the people).





One thought on “King Charles I Letter XXXII

  1. Very interesting point about how the King may literally fear the Queen, and that she may not fully trust him. I’d like to know more about whether or not you think the Queen distrusted him because of his potential political/religious leaning, or simply out of incompetence. It wouldn’t be fair to give you a U for that, though, since your analysis was still very thorough.


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