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James VI and I (James Charles Stuart; 19 June 1566 – 27 March 1625) was King of Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567 and King of England and Ireland as James I from the union of the Scottish and English crowns on 24 March 1603 until his death in 1625. Although he long tried to get both countries to adopt a closer political union, the kingdoms of Scotland and England remained individual sovereign states, with their own parliaments, judiciaries, and laws, both ruled by James in personal union. James was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and a great-great-grandson of Henry VII, King of England and Lord of Ireland, and thus a potential successor to all three thrones. He succeeded to the Scottish throne at the age of thirteen months, after his mother was compelled to abdicate in his favour. Four different regents governed during his minority, which ended officially in 1578, though he did not gain full control of his government until 1583. In 1589, he married Anne of Denmark, with whom he had three children who survived to adulthood: Henry Frederick, Elizabeth, and Charles. In 1603, he succeeded his cousin Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch of England and Ireland, who died childless. He continued to reign in all three kingdoms for 22 years, a period known as the Jacobean era, until his death in 1625. After the Union of the Crowns, he based himself in England (the largest of the three realms) from 1603, returning to Scotland only once, in 1617, and styled himself "King of Great Britain and Ireland". He was a major advocate of a single parliament for England and Scotland. In his reign, the Plantation of Ulster and English colonisation of the Americas began. At 57 years and 246 days, James's reign in Scotland was the longest of any Scottish monarch. He achieved most of his aims in Scotland but faced great difficulties in England, including the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 and repeated conflicts with the English Parliament. Under James, the "Golden Age" of Elizabethan literature and drama continued, with writers such as William Shakespeare, John Donne, Ben Jonson, and Francis Bacon contributing to a flourishing literary culture. James himself was a prolific writer, authoring works such as Daemonologie (1597), The True Law of Free Monarchies (1598), and Basilikon Doron (1599). He sponsored the translation of the Bible into English later named after him, the Authorized King James Version, and the 1604 revision of the Book of Common Prayer. Anthony Weldon claimed that James had been termed "the wisest fool in Christendom", an epithet associated with his character ever since. Since the latter half of the 20th century, historians have tended to revise James's reputation and treat him as a serious and thoughtful monarch. He was strongly committed to a peace policy, and tried to avoid involvement in religious wars, especially the Thirty Years' War that devastated much of Central Europe. He tried but failed to prevent the rise of hawkish elements in the English Parliament who wanted war with Spain. He was succeeded by his second son, Charles I. Childhood Birth James was the only son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her second husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. Both Mary and Darnley were great-grandchildren of Henry VII of England through Margaret Tudor, the older sister of Henry VIII. Mary's rule over Scotland was insecure, and she and her husband, being Roman Catholics, faced a rebellion by Protestant noblemen. During Mary's and Darnley's difficult marriage, Darnley secretly allied himself with the rebels and conspired in the murder of the queen's private secretary, David Rizzio, just three months before James's birth.James was born on 19 June 1566 at Edinburgh Castle, and as the eldest son and heir apparent of the monarch automatically became Duke of Rothesay and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland. Five days later, an English diplomat Henry Killigrew saw the queen, who had not fully recovered and could only speak faintly. The baby was "sucking at his nurse" and was "well proportioned and like to prove a goodly prince". He was baptised "Charles James" or "James Charles" on 17 December 1566 in a Catholic ceremony held at Stirling Castle. His godparents were Charles IX of France (represented by John, Count of Brienne), Elizabeth I of England (represented by the Earl of Bedford), and Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy (represented by ambassador Philibert du Croc). Mary refused to let the Archbishop of St Andrews, whom she referred to as "a pocky priest", spit in the child's mouth, as was then the custom. The subsequent entertainment, devised by Frenchman Bastian Pagez, featured men dressed as satyrs and sporting tails, to which the English guests took offence, thinking the satyrs "done against them".Lord Darnley was murdered on 10 February 1567 at Kirk o' Field, Edinburgh, perhaps in revenge for the killing of Rizzio. James inherited his father's titles of Duke of Albany and Earl of Ross. Mary was already unpopular, and her marriage on 15 May 1567 to James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, who was widely suspected of murdering Darnley, heightened widespread bad feeling towards her. In June 1567, Protestant rebels arrested Mary and imprisoned her in Lochleven Castle; she never saw her son again. She was forced to abdicate on 24 July 1567 in favour of the infant James and to appoint her illegitimate half-brother James Stewart, Earl of Moray, as regent. This made James the third consecutive Scottish monarch to ascend to the throne as an infant. Regencies The care of James was entrusted to the Earl and Countess of Mar, "to be conserved, nursed, and upbrought" in the security of Stirling Castle. James was anointed King of Scotland at the age of thirteen months at the Church of the Holy Rude in Stirling, by Adam Bothwell, Bishop of Orkney, on 29 July 1567. The sermon at the coronation was preached by John Knox. In accordance with the religious beliefs of most of the Scottish ruling class, James was brought up as a member of the Protestant Church of Scotland, the Kirk. The Privy Council selected George Buchanan, Peter Young, Adam Erskine (lay abbot of Cambuskenneth), and David Erskine (lay abbot of Dryburgh) as James's preceptors or tutors. As the young king's senior tutor, Buchanan subjected James to regular beatings but also instilled in him a lifelong passion for literature and learning. Buchanan sought to turn James into a God-fearing, Protestant king who accepted the limitations of monarchy, as outlined in his treatise De Jure Regni apud Scotos.In 1568, Mary escaped from Lochleven Castle, leading to several years of sporadic violence. The Earl of Moray defeated Mary's troops at the Battle of Langside, forcing her to flee to England, where she was subsequently kept in confinement by Elizabeth. On 23 January 1570, Moray was assassinated by James Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh. The next regent was James's paternal grandfather, Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox, who was carried fatally wounded in.... Discover the King James popular books. Find the top 100 most popular King James books.

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  • The Holy Bible - King James Version synopsis, comments

    The Holy Bible - King James Version

    King James

    This complete and revised edition of "The King James Bible" was designed for optimal navigation on the iPad and other electronic devices. It has both book and chapter navigation li...

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    The King James Study Bible, Full-Color Edition

    Thomas Nelson

    The King James Study Bible, FullColor Edition is the most complete and comprehensive KJV study Bible available. Comprehensive book introductions, doctrinal articles, study notes, c...

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    The Mars Room

    Rachel Kushner


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    Study of the King James Bible

    Cleland Boyd McAfee

    We owe still more to translation. While there is accumulating evidence that there was spoken in Palestine at that time a colloquial Greek, with which most people would be familiar,...

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    The Butler

    Wil Haygood

    This mesmerizing companion book to the awardwinning film, The Butler traces the Civil Rights Movement and explores crucial moments of twentieth century American history through the...

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    The King James Version of the Holy Bible


    This complete text of Christianity’s Holy Scriptures is in the 1611 English translation that has greatly influenced the language and continues to inspire awe today.

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    The Holy Bible - King James Version


    KJV BIBLE WITH EASY NAVIGATION ON KINDLE: No more fiddling around with pages trying to find the book, chapter, or verse you're looking for. We have formatted the entire King James ...

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    The King James Bible

    Forty-seven Scholars of the Church of England (Translators) & Gustave Doré

    The classic text specially formatted for ebook readers. Includes 98 illustrations by acclaimed Biblical artist Gustave Doré.

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    Return of the King

    Brian Windhorst & Dave McMenamin

    In this New York Times bestseller, get the inside scoop into LeBron James's return and ultimate triumph in Cleveland. What really happened when LeBron James stunned the NBA by le...

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    The King James Bible, Complete


    This volume is the complete King James version of the Christian Bible, an English translation authorized by the Church of England and completed in 1611.

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    The King James Version of the Bible

    King James Version

    The King James Version (KJV) is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England begun in 1604 and completed in 1611.First printed by the King's Printer Robe...

  • The Bible, King James Version, Complete Contents synopsis, comments

    The Bible, King James Version, Complete Contents


    The bible, it is the most authentic of all literary coalescence, jutting its powerful ambience on the chronicles of man's history. It is amazing that those who are not wise and are...

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    T. J. Newman

    #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “Terrifying…buckle up for a chilling summer read.” People (Best Books of the Week) “The perfect thriller! A mustread.” Gillian Fly...

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    The Troop

    Nick Cutter

    WINNER OF THE JAMES HERBERT AWARD FOR HORROR WRITING“The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is oldschool horror at its best.” Stephen KingOnce every ...

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    Desperate Duchesses

    Eloisa James

    Welcome to a world of reckless sensuality and glittering sophistication . . . of dangerously handsome gentlemen and young ladies longing to gain a title . . . of games played for h...

  • NKJV, Holy Bible synopsis, comments

    NKJV, Holy Bible

    Thomas Nelson

    Commissioned in 1975 by Thomas Nelson Publishers, 130 respected Bible scholars, church leaders, and lay Christians worked for seven years to create a completely modern edition of t...

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    The Holy Bible - King James Version

    King James

    Holy Bible King James Version Few Sample Paragraphs from The Holy Bible eBook, Genesis (OT) 1 Gen. 1 IN the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was with...

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    T. J. Newman

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “The first terrific thriller of 2023.” James Patterson “Spectacular…Taut, gripping.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Reads like Apollo 13 underwater.”...

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    The Holy Bible King James Version

    Various Authors

    "The Holy Bible King James Version. This is the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, traditionally the principal English translation. The KJV is considered one of the masterpiec...

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    King James

    Ryan Jones

    King James offers a fascinating, inside look at the early years of the king of the basketball court, Lebron James.LeBron is a sixfooteight gift from the basketball heavens. In the ...

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    The Holy Bible


    The King James Bible for ebook readers, desktops, tablets and phones. Including Old Testament and New Testament, this is a wonderful tool that keeps the scriptures at your fingerti...

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    The Last Bookshop in London

    Madeline Martin

    INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“An irresistible tale which showcases the transformative power of literacy, reminding us of the hope and sanctuary our neighborhood books...

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    The King James Bible

    Various Authors

    This is the official Authorized King James version of The Holy Bible. Begun in 1604 and completed in 1611 by the Church of England, The Holy Bible includes a full searchable Englis...

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    When the Duke Was Wicked

    Lorraine Heath

    They are England's most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations. But for the right woman, even an unrepentant rogue may mend his ways . . .Lady Grace Mabry's ample...

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    Once More, My Darling Rogue

    Lorraine Heath

    They are England's most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations. But for the right woman, even an unrepentant rogue may mend his ways . . .Born to the street but r...

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    My American DUCHESS

    Eloisa James

    The arrogant Duke of Trent intends to marry a wellbred Englishwoman. The last woman he would ever consider marrying is the adventuresome Merry Pelford an American heiress who has i...

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    The Girl with Seven Names

    Hyeonseo Lee

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAn extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to...

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    Misquoting Jesus

    Bart D. Ehrman

    When worldclass biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and inten...

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    In Bed With the Devil

    Lorraine Heath

    They call him the Devil Earla scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the ...

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    Much Ado About You

    Eloisa James

    When you're the oldest daughter, you don't get to have any fun! Witty, orphaned Tess Essex faces her duty: marry well and marry quickly, so she can arrange matches for her three ...

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    Stephen King

    The #1 New York Times bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage in a remote location by his “number one fan.” One of “Stephen King’s best…genuinely scary” (USA TODAY).Bestsel...

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    Seduced by a Pirate

    Eloisa James

    Seduced by a Pirate is an original, RITAaward winning enovella from New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James. Sir Griffin Barry is one of the most feared pirates on the high...