Reign of James VI of Scotland (288 words)

Historical Context Note

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Inheriting the Scottish crown as an infant, James grew up to become a Protestant despite his mother, Mary Queen of Scots' deep-seated Catholicism. An early battle for ultimate power over the Scottish kingdom with the Presbyterian church led to James publishing two tracts which deified the monarchy over the ecclesiastics: The Trew Law and Basilikon Doron. The concordat of Leith in 1572 gave the monarch power to appoint bishops without the approval of ecclesiastics; this development was opposed by a Presbyterian party led by Andrew Melville (1545-1622). James' supreme power increased in 1586 when he signed a treaty with Queen Elizabeth I of England which agreed his right to inherit the English throne, thereby …

Editors. "Reign of James VI of Scotland". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 June 2005
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