A King Translated: The Writings of King James VI & I and by Astrid Stilma

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By Astrid Stilma

King James is celebrated because the so much prolific author of all of the Stuart monarchs, publishing works on various issues and concerns. those works have been broadly 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 seems either on the household and foreign context to James's writings, utilizing as a case examine a collection of Dutch translations consisting of his spiritual meditations, his epic poem The conflict of Lepanto, his treatise on witchcraft Daemonologie and his guide on kingship Basilikon Doron. The e-book presents an exam of James's writings inside their unique Scottish context, rather their political implications and their function in his administration of his religio-political popularity either at domestic and in another country. the second one half each one bankruptcy is worried with modern interpretations of those works via James's readers. The Dutch translations are awarded as a case examine of an ultra-protestant and anti-Spanish examining 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 publication drastically provides to our appreciation of James as an writer, offering an exploration of his works as politically expedient statements, which have been occasionally ambiguous adequate to permit diverging - and infrequently unwelcome - interpretations. it truly is one of many few experiences of James to supply a sustained severe interpreting of those texts, including an exploration of the nationwide and overseas context within which they have been released and browse. As such this e-book contributes to the certainty not just of James's works as political instruments, but additionally of the preoccupations of publishers and translators, and the interpretative areas within the works they have been making to be had to a world audience.

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