After Elizabeth: How James, King of Scots Won the Crown of England in 1603

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HarperCollins, 2005 - Great Britain - 359 pages
A brilliant history of the succession of James I of England, and the shifting power and lethal politics that brought him to the throne. Elizabeth I grown old, the eyes of the English turned from their glorious but ageing Queen to Mary's son, James VI of Scotland - the rising sun in the north. A story of shifting power and lethal politics Leanda de Lisle's book focuses on the intense period of raised hopes and dashed expectations between Christmas 1602 and Christmas 1603, during which Elizabeth died, James was crowned and the ancient enemies of England and Scotland were ruled by one monarch for the first time. illuminates a wider period, telling in dramatic detail how the suffocating conservatism of Elizabeth's rule was replaced with that of the energetic, James. It is a story in which fortunes were made and lives lost as Courtiers vied for wealth and influence. forces that shaped James's life, his separation from his mother and the violence of his Scottish kingdom; his marriage to the vivacious Anna of Denmark and the failed rebellions, government corruption and religious persecution which set the stage for James's accession to the throne of England. wealth of his new kingdom, but also with English contempt for his Scots entourage and their dismay as hopes placed in him turned to dust. Catholic priests and courtiers of every religious hue were plotting against James before the crown was even on his head, as well betraying their own friends and brethren in the struggle for power. Drawing extensively from original sources and contemporary accounts this vivid account of the cusp of the Tudor and Stuart centuries brings to life a period of glamour and intrigue that marked the beginning of a new age.

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A nicely done and highly readable history of the last years of Elizabeth I and the first years of James VI/I. The cast includes Elizabeth and James, both just a little odd (Elizabeth was getting ... Read full review

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Reading this as the independence business goes on around me here in Scotland. Makes one feel that Union got off to a pretty poor start with King James. What a come-down from Elizabeth: she went ... Read full review


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Leanda de Lisle is a British historical writer. She was born in London and educated at Somerville College, Oxford University. She began her journalism career working for the Hackney Gazette. Later de Lisle obtained a master's degree in Business Administration. Her first book, After Elizabeth: The Death of Elizabeth and the Coming of King James, was published in 2005 and was runner up for the Saltire Society┐s First Book of the Year award. Her next book, The Sisters Who Would be Queen; The Tragedy of Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey, became a New York Times bestseller. Her latest book, Tudor; The Family Story (1437-1603), also became a bestseller. Ms. de Lisle continues to write for a number of publications including BBC History magazine, History Today, the Literary Review, the New Criterion and the Spectator, as well as other British national newspapers.

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