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Words against King James

David Cressy

in Dangerous Talk

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199564804
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191701917 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564804.003.0005
Words against King James

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This chapter looks at the people who spoke ill words about James. About the worst that anyone said of James I was that he was foreign, and that a Scot should not wear the crown of England. One or two people called the king a fool. A few suggested that the king was unreliable in religion. One or two imagined his death. But scandalous and treasonable remarks, of the kind that dogged the Tudors, quieted down or move to a lower register. There was gossip about Jacobean courtiers and politicians, but with little dangerous talk about the king. Grumbles and grievances led dozens of Jacobean subjects to speak themselves into trouble, but their voices were mere irritants to the Stuart regime. James I was secure on his throne, and secure in himself, and chose not to over-exercise himself about minor insults to his honour.

Keywords: King James; Scot; Catholic disgrace; Puritan sedition; Jacobean subjects

Chapter.  10671 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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