When James I succeeded Elizabeth, he found his new kingdom at war with Spain in support of the Dutch. After lengthy negotiations, a suspension of hostilities was converted into peace. James refused to recall ‘volunteers’ in the Dutch service but agreed that they should not be recruited in his dominions. Englishmen in Spain would not be harassed by the Inquisition provided that they caused no public scandal. Reconciliation with Spain remained a major objective with James for the rest of his reign.
Subjects: British History.