James VI of Scotland and I of England

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Collier, Susanne. “Recent Studies in James VI and I.” English Literary Renaissance 23, no. 3 (autumn 1993): 509-19.

Bibliographic article on recent studies of James.


Bevan, Bryan. King James VI of Scotland & I of England. London: Rubicon Press, 1996, 216 p.

Biographical portrait of James.

Fraser, Antonia. King James VI of Scotland, I of England. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1974, 224 p.

Biography of King James.

Lockyer, Roger. James VI and I. London: Longman, 1998, 234 p.

Biography of James, including a bibliographic essay.


Barroll, Leeds. “Assessing ‘Cultural Influence’: James I as Patron of the Arts.” Shakespeare Studies 29 (2001): 132-62.

Investigates the implications of James's dual image as generous patron of the arts and debauched king.

Bergeron, David M. King James & Letters of Homoerotic Desire. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1999, 251 p.

Analyzes the homoerotic element of James's correspondence with his male favorites.

Clark, Stuart. “King James's Daemonologie: Witchcraft and Kingship.” In The Damned Art: Essays in the Literature of Witchcraft, edited by Sydney Anglo, pp. 156-81. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1977.

Assesses the significance of Daemonologie to James's political career and mental outlook.

Craigie, James, ed. Minor Prose Works of King James VI and I. Edinburgh: Scottish Text Society, 1982, 264 p.

Presents several of James's essays along with a critical introduction to each.

Doelman, James. “The Accession of King James I and English Religious Poetry.” SEL 34, no. 1 (winter 1994): 19-40.

Considers the growth of religious verse during James's reign and contends that his accession was viewed as “the beginning of a new poetic era.”

———. King James I and the Religious Culture of England. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2000, 184 p.

Underscores James's role in the rise of religious poetry during his reign.

Fischlin, Daniel. “‘Counterfeiting God’: James VI (I) and the Politics of Daemonologie (1597).” Journal of Narrative Technique 26, no. 1 (winter 1996): 1-29.

Explicates the relationship between the monarch and the witch through an examination of Daemonologie.

Fortier, Mark. “Equity and Ideas: Coke, Ellesmere, and James I.” Renaissance Quarterly 51, no. 4 (winter 1998): 1255-1281.

Traces James's political theory and its impact on the relationship between common law and equity.

Goldberg, Jonathan. “James I and the Theater of Conscience.” ELH 46, no. 3 (fall 1979): 379-98.

Elucidates the literary implications of James's metaphor of the “player king.”

———. James I and the Politics of Literature: Jonson, Shakespeare, Donne, and Their Contemporaries. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983, 292 p.

Considers “the relationships between authority and its representations in the Jacobean period” and focuses on how James's writings articulated his power and authority.

Herman, Peter C., ed. Reading Monarch's Writing: The Poetry of Henry VIII, Mary Stuart, Elizabeth I, and James VI/I. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2002, 330 p.

Includes critical essays that focus on James's verse.

Rypins, Stanley. “The Printing of Basilikon Doron.Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 64 (1970): 393-14.

Details the printing history of Basilikon Doron.

Skrine, Peter. “James VI & I and German Literature.” Daphnis 18, no. 1 (1989): 1-57.

Explores the links between James's writings and German literature in the seventeenth century.

Sommerville, Johann P., ed. Introduction to King James VI and I: Political Writings, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994, 329 p.

Surveys James's political writings.

Additional coverage of James I's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Thomson Gale: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 151, 172; and Literature Resource Center.

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