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By Astrid Stilma

King James is widely known because the so much prolific author of the entire Stuart monarchs, publishing works on a variety of issues and concerns. those works have been generally learn, not just in Scotland and England but additionally at the Continent, the place they seemed in different translations. during this e-book, Dr Stilma appears to be like either on the household and overseas context to James's writings, utilizing as a case examine a collection of Dutch translations including his spiritual 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, relatively their political implications and their position in his administration of his religio-political popularity either at domestic and in a foreign country. the second one 1/2 each one bankruptcy is worried with modern interpretations of those works through James's readers. The Dutch translations are offered as a case examine of an ultra-protestant and anti-Spanish interpreting from which James emerges as a possible chief of protestant Europe; a name he firstly courted, then distanced himself from after his accession to the English throne in 1603.

In so doing this booklet tremendously provides to our appreciation of James as an writer, delivering an exploration of his works as politically expedient statements, which have been occasionally ambiguous sufficient to permit diverging - and infrequently unwelcome - interpretations. it's one of many few reports of James to supply a sustained serious interpreting of those texts, including an exploration of the nationwide and foreign context within which they have been released and skim. As such this booklet contributes to the certainty 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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