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King James VI of Scotland

King James VI of Scotland

King James VI of Scotland. Portrait of King James VI of Scotland, James I of England (1566-1625) Artists Stretched Canvas Poster Print by John De Critz, 24x32.

James The Sixth Of ScotlandKing James VI of Scotland and I of England King James VI of Scotland.Concentrating on the man as well as the king, this is a portrait of James, only son of Mary Queen of Scots and her consort, Lord Darnley. James passed the first 12 years of his dramatic life at Stirling Castle, where he was crowned King of Scotland when scarcely 13 months old, his mother having been forced to abdicate. He became a brilliant Latin scholar, but his lonely boyhood and his friendship with a succession of attractive favourites were to influence his later life. The book discusses James's enigmatic and controversial relations with his ill-fated mother, his marriage to a Danish princess, his authorship of many books, his extensive knowledge of witchcraft, and his life-long wish to be acknowledged as successor to Elizabeth I. It traces how, after reigning for 36 years, he eventually became a successful King of Scotland, and how in England his reign of 22 years was marked by a love of peace and hatred of war. It was his initiative that inspired the translation of the Authorized Version of the Bible, and his far-seeing advocacy that encouraged the intimate union of his native country with England.

The Cradle KingThe Cradle King: A Life of James VI and I King James VI of Scotland. As the son of Mary Queen of Scots, born into her 'bloody nest', James had the most precarious of childhoods. Even before his birth, his life was threatened: it was rumoured that his father, Henry, had tried to make the pregnant Mary miscarry by forcing her to witness the assassination of her supposed lover, David Riccio. By the time James was one year old, Henry was murdered, possibly with the connivance of Mary; Mary was in exile in England; and James was King of Scotland. By the age of five, he had experienced three different regents as the ancient dynasties of Scotland battled for power and made him a virtual prisoner in Stirling Castle. In fact, James did not set foot outside the confines of Stirling until he was eleven, when he took control of his country. But even with power in his hands, he would never feel safe. For the rest of his life, he would be caught up in bitter struggles between the warring political and religious factions who sought control over his mind and body. Yet James believed passionately in the divine right of kings, as many of his writings testify. He became a seasoned political operator, carefully avoiding controversy, even when his mother Mary was sent to the executioner by Elizabeth I. His caution and politicking won him the English throne on Elizabeth's death in 1603 and he rapidly set about trying to achieve his most ardent ambition: the Union of the two kingdoms. Alan Stewart's impeccably researched new biography makes brilliant use of original sources to bring to life the conversations and the controversies of the Jacobean age. From James's 'inadvised' relationships with a series of favourites and Gentlemen of the Bedchamber to his conflicts with a Parliament which refused to fit its legislation to the Monarch's will, Stewart lucidly untangles the intricacies of James's life. In doing so, he uncovers the extent to which Charles I's downfall was caused by the cracks that appeared in the monarchy during his father's reign.

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