James VI of Scots and I of England is one of the most individual and most fascinating monarchs ever to sit on either throne. Since his eventful reign is well documented and many of its episodes frequently recounted, the focus in this article will be on the achievements which entitle him to a place in a literary encyclopaedia.
James’s claim to being a scholar and intellectual is no less genuine for being frequently caricatured; and it should be remembered that his learning and wisdom were internationally renowned in his own time, even though the personal foibles which impaired the operation of his remarkable intellect provoked ironic comments as well. His childhood tutor George Buchanan, harsh as he was (“he gart [made] me …
McClure, J. Derrick. "King James VI of Scotland, James I of England". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 September 2003
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