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James VI and I (James Stuart) (1566-1625) was King of Scots, King of England, and King of Ireland. He was the first to style himself King of Great Britain. He ruled in Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567; from the 'Union of the Crowns', he ruled in England and Ireland as James I, from 24 March 1603 until his death. He was the first monarch of England from the House of S...more
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Published May 23rd 2008 by Dodo Press (first published April 28th 1996)
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King James is most famous for putting together the King James Bible, but reading that doesn't give us much insight into his personality. That's where this book comes in.

Daemonologie takes the form of a dialogue between Epistemon, who believes in witches, and the skeptical Philomathes. However, Epistemon quickly convinces Philomathes that witches are real by quoting a few scriptures, so most of the book consists of Epistemon explaining the details of witchcraft with Philomathes merely prompting h...more
Jade Heslin
This was pretty exciting – I’d never read a book written by a King before. King James I is probably the best King because all the good things happened during his reign (Shakespeare, Gunpowder Plot, Witchmongering).

Also he was the most literary of any of our Kings. First he had the Bible rewritten in order to please all factions of Christianity (what a good egg), and then there was this: Daemonologie, a short work intending to prove the existence of witches.

I’ll be honest with you, the first 3 c...more
Shane Moore
The English is significantly cruder and more old-fashioned than that of the KJV Bible (which seems a fair point of comparison). The text itself is quite short, though James still manages to repeat himself quite a bit. The choice to write in rhetorical dialogue, where the author imagines two characters conversing, might have been hip in 1597, but today it is stale, tedious, and unnecessary.

Honestly, the Malleus Maleficarum exists in more modern English, contains more extreme views, and was far mo...more
King James' early obsession with witchcraft began after a perceived supernatural attempt on his life. Almost single handed, he rewrote English law and ordered all witches put to death. Ultimately his action would lead to the Salem Witch Trials long after his reign. This book written in his hand is a great incite into his paranoia.
I read it for an annotated bibliography but it was interesting
Sean Harrigan
It's Malleus Maleficarum all over again...blah
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James VI & I was King of Scots as James VI from 1567 to 1625 and King of England and Ireland as James I from 1603 to 1625. He was a poet, a religious scholar, and a political writer. This was the King James who convened the Hampton Court Conference to create what became known as the King James Bible. (The bible itself, as a religious work, is attributed to Anonymous as the primary author.)
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