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Name: King James I Born: June 19, 1566 at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland Parents: Mary, Queen of Scots, and Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley Relation to Elizabeth II: 9th great-grandfather House of: Stuart Ascended to the throne: March 24, 1603 aged 36 years Crowned: July 25, 1603 at Westminster Abbey, also as James VI of Scotland at Stirling Castle on July 29, 1567 Married: Anne, Daughter of Frederick II of Denmark and Norway Children: Three sons and five daughters, of whom three survived infancy; Henry, Elizabeth and Charles Died: March 27, 1625 at Theobalds Park, Hertfordshire, aged 58 years, 9 months, and 7 days Buried at: Westminster Reigned for: 22 years, and 3 days, King of Scotland for 57 years 1567-1625 Succeeded by: his son Charles

James was the son of Mary Queen of Scots and her second husband Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley. He was descended through th Scottish kings from Robert the Bruce, and the English Tudors through his great grandmother Margaret Tudor sister of Henry VIII. H parents marriage was short-lived and Darnley was found murdered 8 months after James was born in June 1566. His mother married again, but in 1567 was forced to renounce the throne of Scotland in favour of her infant son. James became King James V of Scotland aged 13 months in July 1567, and was crowned at Stirling. Mary fled to England where she was eventually executed following Catholic plots against Elizabeth I in 1587.

His childhood and adolescence were unhappy, abnormal, and precarious; he had various guardians, whose treatment of him diffe widely. His education, although thorough, was weighted with strong Presbyterian and Calvinist political doctrine, and his character highly intelligent and sensitive, but also fundamentally shallow, vain, and exhibitionist reacted violently to this. He also sought solace with extravagant and unsavoury male favourites who, in later years, were to have a damaging effect on his prestige and sta affairs. A suitable Queen was found for him in Anne of Denmark and they were married in 1589. As King of Scotland, he curbed th power of the nobility, although his attempts to limit the authority of the Kirk (Church of Scotland) were less successful.

When Elizabeth I of England died in 1603 unmarried, James moved to London and was crowned King James I of England the first the Stuart Kings of the combined crowns of England and Scotland. The English courtiers were wary of his Scottish favourites, affa with make courtiers and uncouth ways. He was however a supporter of literature and arts. William Shakespeare was among the Kings Men troupe of actors who performed plays for their patron James. He commissioned the King James Authorized Version o the Bible, published in 1611, which remains one of the most important English translations of the Bible. He initially acted mainly up the advice of Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, but on Salisburys death all restraint vanished. His religious policy consisted of asser the supreme authority and divine right of the crown and suppressing both Puritans and Catholics who objected. Guy Fawkes' attem to blow up Parliament in 1605 produced an anti-Catholic reaction, which gave James a temporary popularity which soon dissipate

His foreign policy aimed primarily at achieving closer relations with Spain was not liked by Parliament who saw Spain as the Old Catholic enemy of the Armada and competitor for world trade. During his reign the East India Company expanded trade bringing spices from the East, and Jamestown was founded in Virginia. His willingness to compromise politically, even while continuing to t in terms of absolutism, largely accounts for the superficial stability of his reign. However, the effects of many of his actions were lo term, becoming fully obvious only after his death. James and Anne had 8 children only three of whom survived infancy. Their elde son Henry died aged 18 of typhoid, and their 2nd son Charles became King Charles I. The marriage of their daughter Elizabeth to Frederic V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia, was to result in the eventual Hanoverian succession to the British throne. Quotes:
[Smoking is] hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, and dangerous to the lungs. King James I I can make a lord, but only God can make a gentleman King James I Gods wounds! I will pull down my breeches and they shall see my arse! King James I (on being told that his subjects wanted to see his face) Kings are justly called gods for they exercise a manner or resemblance of divine power upon earth King James I

Timeline for King James I 1603

Historical Timeline 800 - Pres

James VI of Scotland becomes King James I of England, Scotland, and Ireland after the death of Elizabeth I uniting the thrones of

Scotland and England. 1603 1603 1604 1604 1604 1605 The Millenary Petition is presented to James I. It expresses Puritan desires for reforms to the Church of England. Plot against James to set his cousin Arabella Stuart on the throne. Sir Walter Raleigh is implicated and imprisoned. The Somerset House Peace Conference results in peace between England and Spain. The Hampton Court Conference fails to settle the doctrinal differences between the Anglican Church and its Puritan critics. James proclaims that smoking is harmful to the lungs and imposes a tax on tobacco Guy Fawkes and other Catholic dissidents attempt to blow up King and Parliament in The Gunpowder Plot. They are betrayed and arrested. The Gunpowder plotters are executed. 120 colonists sail for America. The Earls of Tyrone and Tyrconnel end their rebellion against English rule of Ireland and flee to Europe; Ulster is colonized by Protestant settlers from Scotland and England. The English Parliament rejects Union with Scotland.

1606 1607

1607 1607

Common citizenship of English and Scottish persons is granted to those born after the accession of James VI of Scotland to the Englis throne. Jamestown found in America by the Virginia company Scottish and English Protestants are encouraged to settle in Ulster Shakespeare completes the Sonnets. The King James Authorized Version of the Bible is published. Dissolution of the first Parliament of James I.

1607 1609 1609 1611 1611 1611

Arabella Stuart secretly marries William Seymour. When James finds out Seymour is imprisoned but escapes with Arabella. They are captured on the way to France and imprisoned in the Tower of London. Arabella starves herself to death there in 1615. Henry, Prince of Wales, dies of typhoid. His younger brother, Charles, becomes heir to the throne. Heretics are burned at the stake for the last time in England.

1612 1612 1613

James' daughter Elizabeth marries Frederick V, Elector of Palatine. Their descendants in House of Hanover will eventually inherit the British Throne. The Globe Theatre in London burns during a performance of Henry VIII Second Parliament of James I meets. Scottish mathematician John Napier publishes his theory of logarithms simplifying calculations for navigators. George Villiers becomes Jamess favourite. Playwright William Shakespeare dies.

1613 1614 1614 1615 1616

1616 1617 1618 1620 1625

Raleigh is released from prison to lead an expedition to Guiana in search of El Dorado George Villiers becomes the Earl of Buckingham. Raleigh fails in his expedition and on his return is executed for alleged treason at Westminster. The Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America in the Mayflower. They land at Cape Cod and found New Plymouth. Death of James I, aged 58.