The Reign of James I (VI of Scotland)
James Charles Stuart was born at Edinburgh Castle 1566. After the murder of his father and forced abdication of his mother, James was crowned king of Scotland in 1567 at the age of one. In Scotland, James never had full control of the country Scotland. Later, King James VI became King James I of England in 1603. His education was puritan based and he was pushed very hard by his teachers. James developed a great desire in his knowledge and believed that he was capable of out-arguing almost anyone. During his reign, he married Anne of Denmark in 1589, three of their seven children survived into childhood. James was a spender, and this was mirrored by his wife Anne. She developed a love of fine clothes and jewelry. James also believed that his three children, two boys and 1 girl, should also live in manner similar to a prince and princess.
James was the great -grandson of Margaret, the sister of Henry VIII. In 1604, when James had his first session in parliament he ended up arguing with the commons over relatively minor topics of the Buckinghamshire election. The attempt on the life of James and the parliament led to them building a more positive relationship.
King James was a scholarly man and wrote several novels on various topics, including demonology and tobacco. He was described as a ‘living library, and walking study.’ He believed very strongly that his position as king made him God’s representative. Additionally, he considered his authority was based on divine right-which is a political and religious doctrine of royal and political legitimacy. `
However, James was a suspicious man and was known to dislike noisy crowds. In Shakespeare’s play ‘Measure for Measure’, the male character ‘Duke’ reflects King James personality. As in the play ‘Duke’ also says he dislikes crowds: “I do not relish well/ their loud applause, and aves vehement.”This may be a reference to King James private visit to see the preparations and...