Since publication in 1973 James I has established itself as one of the most popular short accounts of James I's reign. The First Edition was described by John Morrill as `a far better, shrewder, more incisive account of the reign' than the available competition Seventeenth-Century Britain, 1980. The text has now been entirely rewritten to take account of the latest historiography and students will continue to welcome this accessible analysis of the problems, weaknesses and achievements of James I as it enables them to participate in the revisionist arguments that make the study of this period so stimulating.
Part One: The Background. 1. James VI of Scotland. Part Two: Analysis - James I. 2. Finance: The Canker of Want. 3. Crown, Court, and Parliament. 4. Faction and Favourites. 5. The Jacobean Church. 6. Foreign Policy and the 1621 Parliament. 7. Foreign Policy and the 1624 Parliament. Part Three: Assessment. 8. A 'Most Just and Good King'. Part Four: Documents. Glossary, Bibliography, Index.
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