The King’s Cabinet Opened & Snowden

Letter XI is a letter from King Charles I to Queen Henrietta. It is a clear example of two ideas: 1) “The Queen’s Counsels are as powerful as commands” and 2) “It is obvious that the King’s Counsels are wholly managed by the Queen.”

As for a brief summary of the letter, first, King Charles speaks of a man named Montrose, who I found to be James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose. Montrose is one of the King’s supporters, and King Charles reports good news from Montrose. He says the army seems strong and reassures his wife that everything is in order in that sense.

After speaking about the state of the army and money, Charles shifts gears and brings up their son, Charles II. Basically, Charles II decided to make Sir John Greenfield the Gentleman of his Bedchamber, which is “an important office in the royal household of the Kingdom of England” (Wikipedia). He chose to do so without getting permission from his father. King Charles I was in a difficult position because the public already knew of the appointment before he ever got to reject or deny it.

In a traditional old relationship between the King and Queen, you would expect the King to chastise his son immediately for his actions — just out of pure anger. He most likely would not have stopped to think to ask his wife’s permission first. However, in the letter the King states that he has “refused the admitting of him [his son], till I shall hear from thee [the Queen].” In other words, Charles will not act before he receives counsel from his wife. This is definitely an odd dynamic between King and Queen for the time period that they were alive. Aside from being strange, it is also scandalous due to the Queen’s religion.

With Snowden, the scandal was about the government spying on personal records and violating the privacy of the American people. With King Charles, the scandal was more about his relationship with the Queen and how the power was spread between the two of them.

As for which ideologies are being threatened, the Snowden expose revealed that the American government was violating the ideology of Americans’ right to privacy. Additionally, many felt that the American government was abusing their power and overstepping their boundaries. The King Charles scandal threatened both religious AND societal ideologies because the Queen was basically of an enemy religion. Furthermore, the King’s people were appalled to see how much power this foreign woman had over their ruler. In my opinion, the two cases violated very different ideologies. However, they definitely both garnered severe distrust from each countries’ citizens in relation to their rulers and government.


One thought on “The King’s Cabinet Opened & Snowden

  1. Lauren,

    You have done a good job of succinctly describing the tone and content of Charles’ letter to the queen. Your overview of individuals within the letter was effective and to the point. Most importantly, you have captured the main controversies of the letter and related it to the modern-day controversy in government exposé. All requirements have been cited, and the prompt requirement has been met.

    Grade: S

    Great job,

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