By Astrid Stilma

King James is celebrated because the such a lot prolific author of all of the Stuart monarchs, publishing works on a number of themes and concerns. those works have been greatly learn, not just in Scotland and England but additionally at the Continent, the place they seemed in different translations. during this publication, Dr Stilma appears either on the household and overseas context to James's writings, utilizing as a case learn a suite of Dutch translations together with his non secular meditations, his epic poem The conflict of Lepanto, his treatise on witchcraft Daemonologie and his handbook on kingship Basilikon Doron.

The booklet presents an exam of James's writings inside their unique Scottish context, quite their political implications and their position in his administration of his religio-political popularity either at domestic and overseas. the second one 1/2 every one bankruptcy is anxious with modern interpretations of those works via James's readers. The Dutch translations are provided as a case research of an ultra-protestant and anti-Spanish examining from which James emerges as a possible chief of protestant Europe; a name he at first courted, then distanced himself from after his accession to the English throne in 1603.

In so doing this booklet enormously provides to our appreciation of James as an writer, supplying an exploration of his works as politically expedient statements, which have been occasionally ambiguous sufficient to permit diverging - and infrequently unwelcome - interpretations. it really is one of many few reviews of James to provide a sustained severe analyzing of those texts, including an exploration of the nationwide and overseas context during which they have been released and browse. As such this e-book contributes to the knowledge not just of James's works as political instruments, but additionally of the preoccupations of publishers and translators, and the interpretative areas within the works they have been making on hand to a world audience.

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