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Jul 17, 2017

Mary, Queen of Scots was forced out of her kingdom when he son was only a year old; the newly crowned James VI had to contend with coups, counter-coups, rebellion, kidnapping, assassination attempts, and more. The reign of his mother provides the context for the fractured country that he would rule, through regents and eventually directly, for decades to come.


This episode primarily made use of the following texts:


  • Alan Stewart, The Cradle King: A Life of James VI and I, London, 2003
  • Julian Gooare, The Government of Scotland 1560-1625, Oxford, 2004
  • Jane Dawson, The Politics of Religion in the age of Mary, Queen of Scots, Cambridge, 2002
  • E. MacRobert, Mary Queen of Scots and the Casket Letters, London, 2002

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