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Excellent look at the crown passing from Tudor to Stuart!,
This review is from: After Elizabeth: How James King of Scots Won the Crown of England in 1603 (Hardcover)
This is a brilliant book to read, covering an area of history that's often mentioned in passing but not looked at in detail.
The author writes in detail about the last couple of years of Elizabeth I's life, with some fascinating insights to her interactions with her council and courtiers and her reasons and reluctance to name an heir.
The accession of James I, is written about in good amounts of detail also; looking at all the problems faced, the factions that couldn't agree on certain subjects (that endangered the stability and wealth of both England and Scotland), religion and the endless plots, which always make excellent reading.
There are some great insights into some of the famous courtiers of the time such as Sir Walter Ralegh(and his ultimate demise) and Robert Cecil et al. The author brings forward evidence and quotes from the time period to interpret the state of play with all the main "players" of the time, and how they dealt with the change from a Tudor to a Stuart monarch.
This is a fantastic, rounded and objective book. The reader gets a really good feel for the character that James was, and the way in which he dealt with situations compared to Elizabeth's reign.
A really enjoyable read, that was hard to put down. 5 stars!