James I (Penguin Monarchs): The Phoenix King
James's reign marked one of the rare breaks in England's monarchy.Already James VI of Scotland, he rode south on Elizabeth I's death tobecome James I of England and Ireland, uniting the British Isles for thefirst time and founding the Stuart dynasty which would, with severallurches, reign for over a century. His descendant still occupies thethrone.
Thomas Cogswell's dramatic new biography brings Jamesto life as a complex, learned, curious man and great survivor, one whodrastically changed court life in London and presided over the Authorized Version of the Bibleand the establishment of English settlements across the globe. Althoughhe failed to unite England and Scotland, he insisted that ambassadorsacknowledge him as King of Great Britain, and that vessels from bothcountries display a version of the current Union Flag.
Cogswelltells the story of James's personal life and private passions as muchas his public achievements. James was often accused of being tooinformal and insufficiently regal - but when his son, Charles I, decidedto redress these criticisms in his own reign he was destroyed. This is avivid portrait of an often underappreciated monarch.
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The King's City: London under Charles II: A city that transformed a nation - and created modern Britain