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December 2, 2011 @ 10:08 am

41. James I (VI of Scotland)


The Tudor dynasty came to an end in 1603 to be replaced by the Stuarts, headed by James VI of Scotland (now James I of England). James had much promise as an experienced king in Scotland with a tendency towards religious toleration, peaceful rule and informality. However, he inherited numerous problems from Elizabeth, in particular a powerful parliament with various grievances and an empty treasure chest. A reign of mixed fortunes saw James survive the Gunpowder Plot, patronise the King James Bible and struggle in vain to convince Parliament to stop being so difficult and let him have more money. But will the first Stuart be able to shine out from the shadow of the Tudors to win the Rex Factor?

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  • Chad from Florida

    You guys continue to outdo yourself. Never been a big fan of James I, but your podcast was intriguing and helped to redeem his reputation, or at least for me. Excellent job!

    Dec 8, 2011 at 2:06 am
  • Dean Irwin

    I really think that James I should have gotten the rex factor purely because he did what no English monarch has done before - maintained a working peace between Scotland and England for over 45 years. Not even your beloved Edward I managed that. The peace had a subsiquent knock on effect on social and economic factors and for those reasons I think that you were wrong

    Dec 10, 2011 at 11:42 am
  • rexfactor

    Looks like James is winning some admirers! In our defence, we agreed that he was a good king, but does he truly deserve to be in the Premier League of the monarchy? The achievements of a peaceful reign (internally and externally) are certainly to be admired, as is the improved relationship with Scotland. On the other hand, he was helped with Anglo-Scottish relations by actually being Scottish and king of both kingdoms by birthright without actually having to conquer one or the other!

    Dec 12, 2011 at 11:30 am
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