- Hardcover: 472 pages
- Publisher: Mason/Charter (1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0884051234
- ISBN-13: 978-0884051237
- Package Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,856,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the first of four volumes on extraordinary fools whose follies influenced the course of all our lives. Without them, history would have been different, and our lives would today be lived along patterns beyond our powers to imagine.
James I and VI was a great fool. He threw away a tremendous inheritance and a superb opportunity for the basest of motives, while indulging himself in the comforts of the sewer. While bemusing his subjects with windy references to peace, he led them impotent disarmament before a crumbling Spain. Finally, he trained his doltish heir into a pattern of "kingly" behavior that provoked a civil war.
Beyond that, James was a fool in the Biblical sense, in believing that "there is no God." He called himself The Prince of Peace, and dreamed of sitting down with the Pope to rule the minds of all mankind. He spoke of his "Divine Right" in a transparent effort to ward away the fate of his mother, and finally, he sought the power of God over other men.
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Scott paints an unforgettable picture. James, a sodomite and coward, saw himself as a godlike being inferior only to Jesus Christ, supreme over church and state. Scott even suggests that James's demoralisation of the Scottish and English Reformation was purposeful revenge. No matter what history one reads, it can't be denied that James deliberately used his powerful position to propagate the false doctrine of the divine right of kings, persecute Reformers, and set England on the path to civil war.
Covering the turbulent and often sensational events of James's life from conception to death, this book is a fascinating look at a man who somehow managed to be both dangerous and contemptible.
The ebb and flow of the rights of Englishmen, which we take for granted, were in their formation, and men died for "displeasing the Crown". You will appreciate our freedoms today, and realize they come, not simply from a revolution, but from powerful spiritual struggles.
This is the unvarnished story of the incompetent and depraved King James who left his name on an Excellent Bible he ordered translated solely because the current Bible (Geneva) had at most, three notes which called the King a subject of God, not the other way around. James was also obviously a homosexual who hated women and rewarded men favorites with titles and money that did not belong to him.A King so grossly narcissistic that he nearly set off the English Parliamentary Revolution years early. Amble evidence is presented to his lack of character, morality and an all invasive cowardice. All the a man convinced that God have given him the right to rule absolutely. In England, he never could, but managed to almost destroy the English Reformation with his tendency to share the opinion of whoever he had last spoken to, Especially if it was agent of the Vatican or an ambassador of Spain(then preparing to attack England. Otto Scott also paints masterful portraits of the miserly, vanity ridden Elizabeth I and the probable murderess and traitor Mary, Queen of Scots, James I's mother. As per usual, his greatest concern was never his mothers life, but how it would affect his chances at the English throne. A great book.
Scott examines the king whose saving grace was the Bible translation to which his name is attached. According to Scott, little else is redeemable for the first king to rule both Scotland and England.