The Reign of James VI

The Reign of James VI


Edited by Julian Goodare, Edited by Michael Lynch


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  • Publisher: John Donald Short Run Press
  • Format: Paperback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 26mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1904607659
  • ISBN 13: 9781904607656
  • Illustrations note: 8pp b&w
  • Sales rank: 771,341

Product description

The reign of James VI (1567-1625) remains one of the most enigmatic in Scottish history. There are long periods within it which resemble black-holes in our knowledge. This study is a concerted attempt by a group of ten scholars of the reign, drawn from three different disciplines, to shed light on its politics and government, viewed through a series of perspectives: they include the royal court, which is analysed separately though its literature, architecture and ceremony; noble factionalism; relations with England, James VI's paymaster; a revised model of tensions between church and state; and the relationship of the government with various localities including the Highlands, Borders and the South-west, a future locus of opposition to Charles I. It analyses James as literary author, correspondent, husband and 'universal king'. It has a full introduction, extensive notes on further reading and an exhaustive index. The book offers a series of revisions to accepted views of the reign, dismissing both Melvillianism and 'laissez-faire monarchy' as useful tools. It sees the centre of politics in the interaction between an expanded and increasingly expensive royal court and a phenomenal growth of the state, based on a huge increase in legislation and the business of the Privy Council.

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Author information

Julian Goodare is the author of "The Government of Scotland, 1560-1625" and "State and Society in Early Modern Scotland. "Michael Lynch is a former professor of Scottish history and paleography. He is a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh and the author of "Edinburgh and the Reformation "and "Scotland: A New History. "

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"The leading edge of scholarship on the Scottish reign of James." --"Library Review"