The Cradle King by Alan Stewart
The Life of James VI and I, the First Monarch of a United Great Britain

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As the son of Mary Queen of Scots, born into her 'bloody nest,' James had the most precarious of childhoods. Even before his birth, his life was threatened: it was rumored that his father, Henry, had tried to make the pregnant Mary miscarraige by forcing her to witness the assasination of her supposed lover, David Riccio. By the time James was a one-year-old, Henry was murdered, possibly with the connivance of his mother, Mary was in exile in England and he was King of Scotland. By the age of five, he had experienced three different regents as the ancient dynasties of Scotland battled for power and made him a virtual prisoner in Stirling Castle. In fact, James did not set foot outside the confines of Stirling until he was eleven, when he took control of the country. But even with power in his hands, he would never feel safe. For the rest of his life, he could be caught up in bitter struggles between the warring political and religious factions who fought for control over his mind and body.
 

About Alan Stewart

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Alan Stewart is the author of the acclaimed biographies Philip Sydney: A Double Life and Hostage to Fortune: The Troubled Life of Francis Bacon (with Lisa Jardine).
 
Published December 16, 2003 by St. Martin's Press. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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The Cradle King: A Life of James VI & I by Alan Stewart 438pp, Chatto & Windus, £20 James Stuart, king of England for 22 years and of Scotland for 58, stands on the brink of the modern world but with his back half-turned to it.

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Following his biography of the quintessential Elizabethan, Philip Sydney, Stewart tackles the Stuarts with a political treatment of how James VI of Scotland (1567–1625) became James I of Engl

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London Review of Books

the ‘Spanish Blanks’ affair, an offer by Scottish Catholics to facilitate a Spanish invasion of England – caused James major political difficulties, but the King remained loyal to him.

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