By Pauline Gregg

ISBN-10: 1842121995

ISBN-13: 9781842121993

"A nice book...so evidently the fruit of dedicated labour...there is every thing to get pleasure from in it."--The manhattan occasions. A sympathetic biography of the fellow who was once correct on the middle of all of the struggles within the seventeenth century--and a completely researched background that reads just like the mystery it truly is. Written in a daring and evocative kind, this engrossing quantity weaves a unprecedented tale of a sickly baby who turned a king, and lived surrounded through rumor and intrigue and infamous friendships. The notorious tragedy unfolds with such gleaming insights and poignancy you will believe as though you have been correct there whilst the awl fell upon this unlucky king.

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Francis Bacon, Salisbury's cousin, was another. He sat for Ipswich in James's first Parliament and became Attorney General in 1613. The great age of the Sea Dogs and the defeat of the Spanish Armada was linked to the present by no less a person than the colourful Sir Walter Raleigh, whose life was already a legend casting his cloak for Queen Elizabeth to walk on, buccaneering with Drake and Hawkins, routing the Spaniard, settling Virginia in the New World in the name of the Virgin Queen, seeking gold on the Orinoco, smoking tobacco first brought from America by Drake, making presents to his friends of tobacco pipes with silver bowls, cultivating the curious, new potato < previous page page_20 next page > < previous page page_21 next page > Page 21 crop on his estates in Youghal in Ireland.

The Parliament which was summoned in 1614 to deal with the financial situation was opened on Tuesday April 5 with as much pomp as the bad weather allowed; Charles, in his robes of state, joined the procession to Westminster and for the first time watched his father open a Parliament. Nothing was achieved, neither in the redress of grievances by the King nor the grant of supplies by the Commons. Within two months James had dissolved his second the 'Addled' Parliament and had returned to his hunting.

The masquers were sent away but James asked them to come again the following Saturday. Meanwhile an Order was hurriedly made that no lady should be admitted to any festivity in a farthingale. The cost to the public and private purse of death and marriage was considerable, and the Exchequer was debited in 1613 with £76,738 for Henry's funeral and Elizabeth's wedding. This did not include her marriage portion of £40,000. Only one item for the year was larger and that was the £120,000 spent on the interest on and repayment of loans.

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