James VII

Duke and King of Scots, 1633 - 1701

By Alastair J. Mann

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The first single-volume study of James VII as a late Stewart prince of Scotland. A fresh investigation of a much maligned character still subject to misinterpretation.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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James VII and II is one of the least studied monarchs of Scotland, and has previously mostly been studied from an English perspective or as the muddled victim of the revolution of 1688/9 which delivered for Britain much-vaunted political emancipation. This book provides the first complete portrait of James as a Stewart prince of Scotland, as duke of Albany and King of Scots. It re-evaluates the traditional views of James as a Catholic extremist and absolutist who failed through incompetence, and challenges preconceptions based on strong views of his failings, both in popular belief and serious history. Investigating the personality and motives of the man, this biography assesses James as commander, as Christian and as king, but also as family man and Restoration libertine - a prince of his time. Painting a picture of James from cradle to grave, from childhood to resigned exile, it brings him to life within his Scottish context and as a member of the royal line of Scotland. The journey from dashing young cavalry commander to pious prince in exile appears oddly incongruous given the political and personal trials that lay between.

That journey was much more of Scotland than previous studies have suggested - indeed, James was in many ways the last King of Scots.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 1 Sep 2014
SKU 9781904607908-grouped
Number of Pages 224

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