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James I : the phoenix king

Author: Thomas Cogswell
Publisher: London : Allen Lane and imprint of Penguin Books, 2017. ©2017
Series: Penguin monarchs.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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James's reign marked one of the very rare major breaks in England's monarchy. Already James VI of Scotland and a highly experienced ruler who had established his authority over the Scottish Kirk, he marched south on Elizabeth I's death to become James I of England and Ireland, uniting the British Isles for the first time and founding the Stuart dynasty which would, with several lurches, reign for over a century.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Named Person: James, King of England; James, King of England
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Cogswell
ISBN: 9780141980416 0141980419
OCLC Number: 1017779357
Description: xi, 108 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, genealogical table, colour portraits ; 19 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Note on the Text --
Genealogical Table. James I. Prologue: Above All the Sportsmen in the World. 1. A boy with a Sparrowhawk --
2. The Hat with the Jewelled 'A' --
3. The Mirror of Great Britain --
4. Parliament Robes --
5. Brocades and Lace --
6. Gorget and Armour --
7. An Old Man and a New Marriage --
Conclusion. Notes --
Further Reading --
Picture Credits --
Acknowledgements --
Index.
Series Title: Penguin monarchs.
Responsibility: Thomas Cogswell.

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James's reign marked one of the very rare major breaks in England's monarchy. Already James VI of Scotland and a highly experienced ruler who had established his authority over the Scottish Kirk, he marched south on Elizabeth I's death to become James I of England and Ireland, uniting the British Isles for the first time and founding the Stuart dynasty which would, with several lurches, reign for over a century. Indeed his descendant still occupies the throne. A complex, curious man and great survivor, James drastically changed court life in London and presided over such major projects as the Authorized Version of the Bible and the establishment of English settlements in Virginia, Massachusetts, Gujarat and the Caribbean. Although he failed to unite England and Scotland, he insisted that ambassadors acknowledge him as King of Great Britain and that vessels from both countries display a version of the current Union Flag. He was often accused of being too informal and insufficiently regal - but when his son, Charles I, decided to redress these criticisms in his own reign he was destroyed. How much of the roots of this disaster were to be found in James's reign is one of the many problems dramatized in Thomas Cogswell's brilliant and highly entertaining new book. - Amazon UK

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