After Elizabeth The Rise of James of Scotland and the Struggle for the Throne of England Runner Up Saltire First Book of the Year AwardA brilliant history of the succession of James I of England and the shifting power and lethal politics that brought him to the throne In the dawn of the

  • Title: After Elizabeth: The Rise of James of Scotland and the Struggle for the Throne of England
  • Author: Leanda de Lisle
  • ISBN: 9780345450463
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback
  • Runner Up, Saltire First Book of the Year AwardA brilliant history of the succession of James I of England, and the shifting power and lethal politics that brought him to the throne.In the dawn of the 17th century when Mary Queen of Scots was dead and Elizabeth I grown old, the eyes of the English turned to Mary s son, James VI of Scotland Leanda de Lisle s book focuses Runner Up, Saltire First Book of the Year AwardA brilliant history of the succession of James I of England, and the shifting power and lethal politics that brought him to the throne.In the dawn of the 17th century when Mary Queen of Scots was dead and Elizabeth I grown old, the eyes of the English turned to Mary s son, James VI of Scotland Leanda de Lisle s book focuses on the intense period of raised hopes and dashed expectations between Christmas 1602 and Christmas 1603, during which Elizabeth died, James was crowned and the ancient enemies of England and Scotland were ruled by one monarch for the first time.With its focus on a narrow space of time, this immensely readable history illuminates a wider period, telling in dramatic detail how the suffocating conservatism of Elizabeth s rule was replaced with that of the energetic James It is a story in which fortunes were made and lives lost as courtiers vied for wealth and influence As well as painting a superb portrait of Court life, de Lisle explores the forces that shaped James s life, his separation from his mother and the violence of his Scottish kingdom his marriage to the vivacious Anna of Denmark and the failed rebellions, government corruption and religious persecution which set the stage for James s accession to the throne of England.Drawing extensively from original sources and contemporary accounts, this vivid account of the cusp of the Tudor and Stuart centuries brings to life a period of glamour and intrigue that marked the beginning of a new age.

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    1. Leanda de Lisle says:

      Leanda de Lisle is the author of bestselling Tudor and Stuart history praised for meticulous research as well as strong narratives TUDOR, her biography of the Tudor family 1437 1603, was a top ten Sunday Times best seller, BBC History book of the year, Daily Telegraph book of the year, and History Today book of the year THE SISTERS WHO WOULD BE QUEEN THE TRAGEDY OF MARY, KATHERINE AND LADY JANE GREY, was a New York Times best seller and is the inspiration for Phillippa Gregory s 2017 novel THE LAST TUDOR Her latest book WHITE KING,, a biography of the doomed Charles I, is her most dramatic yet and has had he highest critical praise Leanda does a monthly podcast on itunes Ten Minute Tudors, it uncovers the true Tudors and Stuarts behind the myths.

    2 thoughts on “After Elizabeth: The Rise of James of Scotland and the Struggle for the Throne of England

    1. Answering the question of how James won the race to succeed Elizabeth. And how he got unpopular very quickly thereafter.He promised all things to all comers: toleration to Catholics and reform to Puritans, for example. He couldn't possibly deliver on all of his promises. There was reason for his being known as "the wisest fool in Christendom." And additionally, he loathed the common people, whereas Elizabeth Tudor had never met a crowd she didn't like (and couldn't win over).Elizabeth's regime h [...]

    2. With the constant spotlight on Elizabeth’s I’s dominance over the Spanish Armada, her virginity, and her ‘glorious’ reign; the tension during her dying days at the absence of an heir is much forgotten. The ascent to the throne of James I was met with some skepticism and created some controversy. Leanda de Lisle opens the door on this period of English history in, “After Elizabeth: The Rise of James of Scotland and the Struggle for the Throne of England”.The thesis of “After Elizabe [...]

    3. De Lisle's research debunks a common notion that a hapless yet expectant James entered London to claim what was his. It was not so simple. The author gives us the reasons why and describes the plots to derail the enthronement of the only descendant of Mary Queen of Scots. Interestingly, Elizabeth's trusted adviser Cecil had been staging this prior to Elizabeth's death in a time when it was illegal to even mention the succession. With a cooperative and more cunning than given credit for James, Ce [...]

    4. When I was growing up, school and local library shelves in the history section pretty much went Henry VIII--Elizabeth--Shakespeare--Charles I and Commonwealth--Charles II--Glorious Revolution to Hanover. It was like James I and VI didn't exist, which is pretty astonishing when you take into consideration the centuries of war between Scotland and England, and here, for the first time, was a king of both countries, and without firing a shot.This book's focus is on how very close James came to not [...]

    5. 3.5 Stars - This was not as engaging to me as Lisle's The Sisters Who Would Be Queen, but the information and details were 5 stars. I learned a lot I didn't know about Elizabeth's successors and the people who surrounded her court at the end. Being non- fiction this is dry at parts, but page turning in other areas. I recommend this to anyone interested in this era and King James.

    6. Oh my gosh. Will this book never end? I'm not a fan of the rabbit trails that take you back 100 years or move you forward 100 years and then abruptly drop you back into the time period where you left off. And I can't keep track of the multitudinous characters to save my life. I am so very happy to have finished this book.

    7. Disappointed. In social studies we were talking about the early colony of Jamestown being named after the new King James I of England. Prior to that, we had been discussing Queen Elizabeth and the expeditions to the Americas she was planning with her "buddy" Sir Walter Raleigh. Anyway, I had read a lot about Elizabeth, but thought this title sounded interesting because of the focus on that very specific time of her dying and not having an heir and James succeeding to the throne. I wanted to know [...]

    8. This book barely eked out the second star - I can't believe how disappointed I was! I read this same authors "Sisters Who Would Be Queen," which was a riveting take on the entire Tudor succession crisis, rife with plots and romance and tragedy.This book, on the other hand, has none of that. It is a look at how James succeeded Elizabeth, focusing on the pivotal year or two surrounding the event. There is nowhere near the level of intrigue - there's just a lot of plotting and many accusations of t [...]

    9. Elizabeth is remembered as the Virgin Queen, but for some reason, it seems that many forget about the virgin part - i.e. not just no children, but no succession at all. Henry VIII barred the Stuarts from inheriting the English throne in his will, and there were other claimants, some of whom were relatively dangerous to James. However, since he was able to take power quickly and smoothly, the full story behind his succession is commonly overlooked. This book (despite the ludicrous title - can we [...]

    10. While the subject matter is fascinating, this book was a very hard read. It was not very engaging and took me some time to finish.

    11. Story of succession of James VI. Not as good as her book on the Grey sisters, there is too much emphasis on minor details and minor characters, but still informative.

    12. Not really what I had hoped for. I really got less sense of James I and more of the country's reaction to him. Which was the authors intent I'm sure, but not really what I wanted from the book.

    13. Leanda De Lisle brings the reader to the time of Elizabeth's reign where all of her countrymen were wondering, "What happens, after Elizabeth?" in her debut book. Elizabeth was the daughter of the controversial Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, famous for having six wives. Henry declared Elizabeth illegitimate during his reign, through and Act of Parliament no less, which undoubtedly gave Elizabeth a complex. Once Elizabeth gained her throne, she ruled for 44 years; which was 44 years of wonderin [...]

    14. I've read so much about the Tudors and all the troubles with keeping the line of succession to the throne of England, it was only natural that I would be curious about the history of what happened when the last Tudor died childless. After Elizabeth is a non-fiction account of that era.Queen Elizabeth spent her early life in the upheaval of a British Monarchy that lacked a legitimate male heir. In order to bring peace and prevent the turmoil that plagued her father, Elizabeth Tudor declined to ma [...]

    15. A thrilling political drama mixed with a fin-de-siècle, coupled with a fascinating biographical portrait of James I and his queen, Anna of Denmark. A superb example of well-written history.

    16. This is a very readable and enjoyable piece of history specifically related to the period of turnover in England when Elizabeth I died and James of Scotland came to the English throne. It starts with a very helpful history of what politically occurred in Scotland before and during James VI's childhood in relation to England, mostly regarding Mary, Queen of Scots (who, by all accounts, was quite a piece of work). Then we shift to how England was economically and politically during Elizabeth's las [...]

    17. I always wondered what happened during the period between Elizabeth I's death and James VI's coronation. This book answered my questions. It explained the various plots and twists between the faction who wanted James and those who didn't want a "foreigner" to be their King. The book also described the last years of Elizabeth I's reign - the corruption and poverty and that much of the Nobility were ready for a change.I'd heard of James as being described as an imbecile who was more interested in [...]

    18. Ever since I was a small child I loved stories about Elizabeth I, even though she lived over four centuries ago. My brother checked this out from the library and I decided to include it in my weekly academics!And it wasn't half bad. It strikes me like Leanda de Lisle has a soft spot for James I, as many historians do for other characters. After all, it certainly does less to demonize the first Stuart king than many other historical recountings of that period. It was fascinating to witness throug [...]

    19. I've never had much knowledge of the actual events of the transition of power: I knew about the plots beforehand and then James I's kingship, but the rest was a blank. My big takeaways here are that James wasn't nearly so awful in Scotland, that he was corrupted by the English court, and that he could be, at times, really witty. I can also see why Charles I wanted a family life that looked nothing like the one he'd had. The best parts here are--as with most histories--when we have real evidence, [...]

    20. Having a great interest in Elizabeth and her reign, I found myself very curious about this work, which claims to analyze the period between the death of Elizabeth and the rise of the first Stuart king, James.While de Lisle delivers on everything that she promises, some parts of the book seemed to drag on as she sidewinded off into some explanation or another regarding some miniscule point that never really pans out to much of anything. Believe me, there are enough key players involved in this wo [...]

    21. It's a bit hard to follow if you don't already know who the main actors were in this political play --and convoluted even if you do-- but that's history. De Lisle does a very good job of weighing the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods and finding the stronger and weaker points in both, especially in relation to one another. This book is unique because, as opposed to other books on Elizabeth or any given monarch, they are 500-plus page behemoths, and this one tackles an important issue that is usua [...]

    22. In all the history books I've read, none have gone into detail like this one did for this particular era. I suppose no one really wanted to dwell on the fact that the last days of "Gloriana" was certainly a time of decline for England. After years of peace and a much celebrated reign, Elizabeth refused to name her heir to the very end. Her subjects were forced to take matters into their own hands and formed sides endorsing two different candidates who both had legitmate claims to the throne - Ja [...]

    23. If you have no interest in history, then this may not be for you. With that said, I find most historical books (not to mention most non-fiction) painfully boring. I'm a student of history, but most authors of such books couldn't tell a good story to save themselves, despite having great material.That's not a problem in this case. Leanda DeLisle weaves a great tale of the latter years of the reign of Elizabeth I and the rise of James as King of England. It's a story full of treachery and intrigue [...]

    24. It amazes me that the son of Mary Queen of Scots became the king of England after Elizabeth I beheaded his mother. And that I didn't know this after all my years of reading English history. Another surprise was that the transfer of power went so smoothly! He is listed as James I of England and James VI of Scotland since he was already the king of the poor nation of Scotland and was thrilled to inherit the rich throne of England too. There was a lot of resentment among the English that James gave [...]

    25. Excellent book to start the year - amazing that this was Leanda de Lisle's first solo book. After Elizabeth is a must read for anyone wanting to understand the English-Scottish relationship and the power of good PR, political maneuvering and shoring up your future by keeping your friends close and your enemies closer. It also sets the scene nicely for why the English Civil War happened and provides a great snapshot into England and Scotland in the early 1600s but useful lessons for today too. I [...]

    26. When Elizabeth I died, she had not named a successor, so James VI of Scotland was not guaranteed to become James I, King of England. This book takes us through Elizabeth’s death and James’ claim to the throne. I didn’t know anything about James when I began the book. Unfortunately, I did find my mind wandering quite a bit. Parts I found more interesting were parts that focused on women in the book – Elizabeth, as well as James’ wife Anne. The book was o.k I just wish my mind could have [...]

    27. While I thought this an interesing read, it was still something of a disappointment. Given the title, I thought there would be about rival claimants to the English throne and the plotting of their factions of supporters. There was some mention of a couple of rivals, but this book is primarily covers the progression of James I/VI to the English throne and securing his reign. Not much in the way of dynastic drama. If you are particularly interested in this period I would recommend skimming it, as [...]

    28. Here is the scenario--Queen Elizabeth I of England is aged and insecure in her power. Her father declare her illegitimate and his will left the throne to others but now she has been queen for decades. Insecure in her power, Elizabeth I declares that talking about her successor is an act of treason and the succession is unclear. The courtiers plot with different potential heirs to the throne to move someone secretly into the succession. This book is about that intrigue.

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