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The Cradle King: The Life of James VI and I, the First Monarch of a United…

by Alan Stewart

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It would be much better work if not for quotes that literally make half of the text. These are original quotes from 16/17 century in a language that is not that easy to read. Besides, I sometimes wondered reading it what role they play in the narrative - maybe just 'fattening' the book? ( )
  everfresh1 | Sep 7, 2012 |
Personal bio. Lacks context. Got to be a little tedious. Even with all that, an OK read.
  jmcilree | Nov 9, 2008 |
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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 rumored that his father, Henry, had tried to make the pregnant Mary miscarraige by forcing her to witness the assasination of her supposed lover, David Riccio. By the time James was a one-year-old, Henry was murdered, possibly with the connivance of his mother, Mary was in exile in England and he 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 the country. But even with power in his hands, he would never feel safe. For the rest of his life, he could be caught up in bitter struggles between the warring political and religious factions who fought for control over his mind and body.

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"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 rumored 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 his mother's aid), 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 Stirling until he was eleven, when he took control of the country. But even with royal power in his hands, he would never feel safe. For the rest of his life he was caught up in bitter struggles between the warring political and religious factions who sought to control him - mind and body." "Nevertheless, he eventually became an accomplished political operator, carefully avoiding controversy, even when his mother was sent to the executioner by Elizabeth I. His cautious politics won him the English throne on Elizabeth's death in 1603. Under his rule, James established Protestantism as the official state religion and commissioned the King James version of the Bible, which remains a text of tremendous significance today. James also aggressively asserted the Divine Right of Kings, a policy that would later result in civil war during the reign of his son, Charles I."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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