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King James I
On June 19, 1566 in Theobalds, Hertfordshire, England, Mary Queen
of Scots gave birth
Stewart, also known
as Lord Darnley. Darnley was killed in an unexplained explosion at his
house when James was
give up her throne
because she was defeated by rebels. Mary left the country and James
never saw her again.
James took the throne of Scotland when he was only 15 months old and
became King James
VI of Scotland (”James I” 481).
years old. During his
his tutors, especially
George Buchanan, his favorite tutor (”James I, King of England” 1). He
received a superior
respect for the
Scottish lords that were around him as he grew up (”James I” 481).
In 1589, James was married with Anne of Denmark, the daughter of Fredrick II of
have help walking when he was young (Chute 260). Apparently James was not very fond of
women and never had a mistress (”James I” 481). The only time he ever paid a great deal of
attention to his wife was when she converted to Roman Catholicism (”James I, King of England”
King James was a very giving man. He liked to gain support from people by buying
them gifts. In 1605, he spent 2530 pounds at two jewellers (Levi 4). Although he spent a lot of
money, he was not very good at budgeting it (”James I” 481).
Guy 3 of Henry VIII, the Tudor line was extinguished upon her death. Throughout her reign
Elizabeth refused to designate a successor, but it is clear that she expected King James VI of
Scotland to follow her. When Elizabeth died on Mar. 24, 1603, James, the son of Mary Queen
James I was also the first Stuart king of England. Many people came to see the new king’s
time the king was crowned, over 1100 people a week were dying from the plague (Chute 258).
stated that he would “rather spend 100,000 pounds on embassies, to keep or procure peace
with dishonor, than 10,000 pounds of an army that would have forced peace with honor” (Chute
261-2). King James greatly supported the expansion in America. He chartered the London
Company in 1606. By doing this, he hoped to start a colony in North America. The London
King James I made many great contributions to the theater. Shortly after he became
There were nine actors named to the elite group. Among them was none other than William
Shakespeare. The King’s Men were sponsered by James, which was a great relief for thier
Shakespeare made references to events surrounding King James in many of his plays.
under the Parliament. If their plan would have worked, King James, his family, and all of the
Lords and Commons would have been killed. Shakespeare was thought to have based his play
Macbeth on those events (Rowse 379). In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet made a speech
King James I, he did not stay sober past dinner. His daughter, the Queen of England, passed
sick, and another woman spilt custard on the King. It quite an embaressment for James, but it
made Shakespeare a great anecdote (Levi 219).
Although it appeared the King James I of England was a great ruler, it was said that the
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