James I of England

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James VI and I
Portrait by Daniel Mytens, 1621
King of Scots (more...)
Reign 24 July 1567 – 27 March 1625
Coronation 29 July 1567
Predecessor Mary, Queen of Scots
Successor Charles I
Regents James Stewart, Earl of Moray
Matthew Stewart, Earl of Lennox
John Erskine, Earl of Mar
James Douglas, Earl of Morton
King of England and Ireland (more...)
Reign 24 March 1603 – 27 March 1625
Coronation 25 July 1603
Predecessor Elizabeth I
Successor Charles I
Spouse Anne of Denmark
Issue
Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales
Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia
Princess Margaret
Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland
Princess Mary
House House of Stuart
Father Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley
Mother Mary, Queen of Scots
Born 19 June 1566(1566-06-19)
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Died 27 March 1625(1625-03-27) (aged 58)
(N.S.: 6 April 1625)
Theobalds House, England
Burial 7 May 1625
Westminster Abbey
Signature
Religion Protestant

James VI and I (19 June 1566 – 27 March 1625) was King of Scotland as James VI, and King of England and King of Ireland as James I. He was the first to call himself King of Great Britain. He ruled in Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567 until his death. He ruled in England and Ireland from 24 March 1603 until his death. His rule was important because it was the first time England and Scotland had agreed to have the same monarch. He was the first monarch of England from the House of Stuart. The last English monarch had been Elizabeth I. She had died without any children so the English looked to Scotland for a monarch and because he was the closest relative Elizabeth had.

James fought with the Parliament many times throughout his ruling. This caused the English Civil War which lasted for six years. In addition, he did not use the kingdom’s money well. While James was ruling, the Scottish and English governments were quite stable. After James died his son Charles tried to rule in the same way as James, but caused the English Civil War. At the end of the war, in 1649, Charles was executed.

James was very educated and good at learning. He helped people in England to study things such as science, literature, and art. James wrote Daemonologie in 1597, The True Law of Free Monarchies in 1598, Basilikon Doron in 1599, and A Counterblaste to Tobacco in 1604.

James believed in witchcraft. When he read The Discoverie of Witchcraft, he ordered all copies of the book to be burnt.[1]

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