Thomas Cogswell

James I (Penguin Monarchs)
  • James I (Penguin Monarchs)

  • 'First and foremost, he survived, and that was no mean achievement'

    James's reign marked one of the rare breaks in England's monarchy. Already James VI of Scotland, on Elizabeth I's death he became James I of England and Ireland, uniting the British Isles for the first time and founding the Stuart dynasty. Thomas Cogswell's dramatic new biography brings James to life as a complex, learned, curious man and, above all, a great survivor.

Thomas Cogswell is Professor of History at the University of California Riverside. He is the author of The Blessed Revolution: English Politics and the Coming of War, 1621-1624; Home Divisions: Aristocracy, the State and Provincial Conflict and (with Alastair Bellany) The Murder of King James I. He is currently writing a dual biography of the Duke of Buckingham and his assassin, Lt. John Felton.