By Astrid Stilma
King James is celebrated because the so much prolific author of all of the Stuart monarchs, publishing works on quite a few themes and matters. those works have been extensively learn, not just in Scotland and England but additionally at the Continent, the place they seemed in numerous translations. during this ebook, Dr Stilma appears to be like either on the household and foreign context to James's writings, utilizing as a case learn a collection 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, really their political implications and their function in his administration of his religio-political acceptance either at domestic and in a foreign country. the second one half every one bankruptcy is anxious with modern interpretations of those works through James's readers. The Dutch translations are offered as a case learn of an ultra-protestant and anti-Spanish interpreting 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 e-book tremendously provides to our appreciation of James as an writer, supplying an exploration of his works as politically expedient statements, that have been occasionally ambiguous adequate to permit diverging - and infrequently unwelcome - interpretations. it's one of many few experiences of James to supply a sustained serious examining of those texts, including an exploration of the nationwide and overseas context within which they have been released and skim. As such this publication contributes to the knowledge not just of James's works as political instruments, but in addition of the preoccupations of publishers and translators, and the interpretative areas within the works they have been making to be had to a global audience.
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