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The Life & Times Of The Stuarts

The Life & Times Of The Stuarts

The Life & Times Of The Stuarts

The Life And Times Of The Stuarts focuses on a nation-defining period of British history that is every bit as enthralling, dramatic and pivotal as that of Henry VIII and co. BBC History magazine now turns its attention from The Story Of The Tudors to the seismic changes that occurred within the British Isles during the Stuart rule between 1603 and 1714. Inside you will find: • The Gunpowder Plot • The English Civil War • Charles I’s execution • Oliver Cromwell’s rule • The restoration of the monarchy • The ousting of James II in the Glorious Revolution and many other key events in British history! This special edition calls upon the expertise and analysis of the world’s leading historians as an in-depth and invaluable way to understand more about this absorbing time. "

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“Just like the Tudors who preceded them, the Stuarts reigned (over a united kingdom, at least) for little more than a century. But, as with the Tudors, their years of rule coincided with some of the most dramatic events in British history, incidents ranging from revolution and civil war to terrorist attacks and even the killing of a king. In this special edition from the makers of BBC History Magazine, expert historians will guide you through this tumultuous era, revealing how the Stuarts secured their place on the throne following the death of Elizabeth I, only to be ousted by Oliver Cromwell before Charles II’s triumphant return. You will find out about key moments such as the Gunpowder Plot, the witch trials and the Act of Union, and meet the thrilling…

5 min.
the stuart years

1603 24 March James VI of Scotland takes the English throne, becoming James VI and I, and uniting the two countries for the first time – although the union isn’t formalised for more than another century. He had already been king of Scotland for 36 years 1604 January James VI and I commissions a new English translation of the Bible. Known as the King James Bible, it will be completed in 1611 when it becomes the standard text for the Church of England 1605 5 November A group of Catholics plot to assassinate the king by blowing up the House of Lords at the State Opening of Parliament and restoring Catholicism to the country. One of the lead plotters, Guy Fawkes, is arrested and tortured for two days before confessing all. Eleven people are hanged for the crime.…

8 min.
a king of low regard

Elizabeth I’s virginity was both her most celebrated virtue and the death knell of the Tudor dynasty. With no direct heirs to succeed her, Elizabeth had little choice but to leave the crown of England to James Stuart, the son of her old rival, Mary, Queen of Scots. The choice was just as unpalatable for Elizabeth’s subjects as it was for the queen herself: England and Scotland were traditional adversaries, and the concept of a single, united kingdom seemed as distant then as it had ever been. Moreover, although as the great great grandson of Henry VII, James VI of Scotland had the strongest blood claim to the English throne, it was not without complications. Henry VIII, whose relations with Scotland had always been turbulent, had excluded the descendants of his…

10 min.
the making of the king james bible

From the opening salvo of Genesis (“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”) to the closing words of Revelation (“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen”), one book has had a greater impact on the English-speaking world than any other. That book contains such well-used phrases as “Let there be light”, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” and “A multitude of sins”. The book in question is the Bible – or more particularly, the King James or Authorised Version of the Bible. This is an important distinction for, though many of the above phrases had been used in earlier translations, it was the King James Version that was to become required reading throughout the American colonies and the rest of the British empire. The King…

5 min.
francis bacon the true renaissance man

Francis Bacon was born in 1561, two years after the accession of Queen Elizabeth I, and was the youngest of two sons of an important political family. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, where his tutor was a future Archbishop of Canterbury, John Whitgift. He pursued an increasingly successful career as a lawyer and MP until, in 1618, he became lord chancellor and was raised to the peerage as Baron Verulam (after the Latin name for his home town of St Albans). Three years later, however, he was impeached and deposed in a political attack orchestrated by enemies in Parliament and aimed at his patron, the royal favourite, the Duke of Buckingham. Bacon died in 1626 without regaining the political favour he badly wanted. But he combined his great political energies…

13 min.
the gunpowder plot

On the evening of 26 October 1605, Lord Monteagle received a startling letter. An anonymous correspondent advised the English nobleman against attending the upcoming session of parliament, due to begin a few days later. The letter warned: “They shall receive a terrible blow this parliament and yet they shall not see who hurts them”. It was a chilling message. Monteagle raced from his home in Hoxton to Whitehall where he passed the letter to Robert Cecil, the secretary of state and second most powerful man in the land. Cecil’s investigations led to a cellar under the Palace of Westminster and the discovery of the most audacious terrorist attack ever attempted on British soil. It was a plot that had its origins back in the reign of Elizabeth I. Henry VIII and…