Van Heijnsbergen further explores the role of Seneca and stoicism in Scottish literature and its influence on the court of James VI
The eighth chapter, "Spenser and the Stuart Succession," reads The Faerie Queene in the context of Spenser's apparent hostility to James VI
of Scotland's claims to the English throne.
A description of Melville's circle of friends, or, to use Livingstone's phrasing, "some men of her acquaintance," during the reign of James VI
and I and shortly thereafter gives us a sense that, for Melville, the designation "friend" meant someone of ardent religious beliefs and active politics.
Scotland only becomes of interest to English critics once James VI
becomes James I.
At this point, it has become abundantly clear that James VI
and I and the Reunion of Christendom is a book about enlightened ideas rather than their success.
He had been King James VI
of Scotland for 36 years before he succeeded his cousin Elizabeth in 1603 as king of England too, as James I.
However, it creditably attempts to make the reign of James VI
and I accessible to a wider popular audience, and the extraordinary personal story it tells undoubtedly constitutes a good read.
The first episode focuses on the constable, a role which dates back some 400 years to 1617 when James VI
of Scotland decreed there should be two constables in every parish.
In 1603 James VI
of Scotland became James 1st King of England (including Wales).
She was succeeded by James I, who had already been James VI
of Scotland for 35 years.
In this opening episode, Clare Jackson looks at King James VI
's attempts to unite Scotland and England under the umbrella of his two crowns, as James I of England and James VI
of Scotland, and to persuade his subjects to feel more British.
James I of England was also James VI
of which country?