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Great Britain's Solomon : James VI and I in his three kingdoms
Lee, Maurice.
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Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [1990]

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xvi, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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DA391 .L43 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Lee (history, Rutgers) corrects the historical record and rehabilitates the reputation of the long-denigrated James Stewart (1566-1625), addressing his youth, his ideas on the craft of kingship, his transition to the English throne and subsequent disillusionment with parliament, his court, his religious policy, and the extent of his responsibility for the civil war that erupted during the reign of his son, Charles I. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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In this important revisionist biography, Lee has challenged the traditional negative interpretation of the first Stuart monarch advanced orginally by Sir Anthony Weldon in 1617 and more recently by David Harris Willson's scholarly King James VI and I (1956). Influenced by Gordon Davidson's Scotland: James V to James VII (Edinburgh, 1965) and Jenny Wormald's Court, Kirk, and Community: Scotland, 1470-1625 (CH, Jan'82), Lee's James I emerges as an intelligent and politically able monarch who was plagued by a negative public image caused by his advocacy of the divine rights of kings, his long-winded speeches, his extravagance, and his personal behavior. Lee contends that James's principal achievements--the union of the English and Scottish thrones, and a reign of peace abroad and religious peace at home--have been neglected or diminished by the distorted and unwarranted comparisons with Elizabeth I's reign, and by the continuance of the Whig historical theory that emphasizes the connection between James I's reign and the English Civil War of the 1640s. Lee's work has addressed concerns that have been raised recently in David Cressy's Bonfires and Bells (1989) and Thomas Cogswell's The Blessed Revolution (1989). Required reading for all students of Tudor-Stuart history, upper-division undergraduate level and above. -W. T. Walker, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science