King James I

James I
King James
• James (1566-1625) was King of Scots as
James VI from 24 July 1567.
• In 1603, king of England and Ireland as
James I; united the Crowns of the
Kingdoms of Scotland and England.
• He succeeded the last Tudor monarch of
England and Ireland, Elizabeth I, who died
without an heir.
King James
• James was the only son of Mary, Queen of
Scots, and her second husband, Henry
• Under James, the "Golden Age" of
continued, with writers such as William
Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Sir
Francis Bacon.
• James himself was a talented scholar.
• James's visit to Denmark, a country familiar with
witch hunts, may have encouraged an interest in the
study of witchcraft.
• After his return to Scotland, he attended the North
Berwick witch trials, a major persecution of witches
• Agnes Sampson, were convicted of using witchcraft
to send storms against James's ship.
• James became obsessed with the threat posed by
witches and, inspired by his personal involvement, in
1597 wrote the Daemonologie, a tract which
opposed the practice of witchcraft and which
provided background material for Shakespeare's
Tragedy of Macbeth (1607).
400th Year Anniversary of the King James
Bible 1611-2011
• The Authorized King James Version is an English
translation by the Church of England of the Christian
Bible begun in 1604 and completed in 1611.
• The newly crowned King James convened the
Hampton Court Conference in 1604. That gathering
proposed a new English version in response to the
perceived problems of earlier translations as
detected by the Puritan faction of the Church of
• In common with most other translations of the period,
the New Testament was translated from Greek, the
Old Testament was translated from Hebrew text.
An image of Pocahontas being
presented to King James I
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