By John Matusiak
In spite of actual idealism and flashes of substantial resourcefulness, James I continues to be a confusing determine – a uniquely curious ruler, shot via with obvious inconsistencies. His vices and foibles not just undermined his excessive hopes for therapeutic and renewal after Elizabeth I’s afflicted final years, but in addition entrenched political and non secular tensions that finally fed on his successor.
A improper, if well-meaning, foreigner in a speedily altering and divided nation, his passionate dedication to time-honoured rules of presidency might, sarcastically, turn out his undoing, as England edged unconsciously in the direction of a crossroads and the shadow of the Thirty Years battle descended upon Europe.
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