James VI and I is a new title in the Cambridge Topics in History series. It covers all of the important areas of James VI and I's reign, focusing on the personality of the King, Anglo-Scottish Union, the position of the Church, the relationship between the King and the Parliament, finance, foreign policy and concluding with an overview of historian's perceptions of James VI and I. A wide range of sources accompanied by diverse and challenging questions aid student understanding of the period.
1. ‘The wisest fool in Christendom’; 2. 'I am the husband; the whole isle is my lawful wife.' The union of two kingdoms; 3. 'The Jacobean compromise’, James I and religion; 4. 'The state of monarchy is the supremest thing upon earth.' James I and Parliament; 5. 'He was very liberal of what he had not in his own grip.' The financial problems of James I; 6. 'Rex Pacificus', The foreign policy of James I; 7. James I and the historians: 'Not a bad king after all?'; Index.