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King James and Witches
Young King James I


Young King James I
King James' Rise to Power
Interesting Facts and Tidbits About King James I
The Begginngs of Witches
The Punishment of Witches
Witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth and Their Importance
A Good Witch Or A Bad Witch?
Timeline of King James and Shakespeare's Works
King James' Disgust for Witches

Most people have a normal childhood.  A period to learn, a period to grow up physically, and a period to grow a unique personality.  King James IV did not.

King James was born on June 19th, 1566 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  He was the only son of the failed marriage between Mary, Queen of the Scotts, and Lord Darnley.  Eight months after James was born, Lord Darnley died.  When James was one year old, Mary abdicated the throne, she fled to England, and James became king.  James was put in the care of Mary's half-brother, Moray. 
Beginning in his childhood and until his death, James suffered from rickets, a diesease that affects a persons walking ability.  It is now known that rickets lead to spine and plevic deformities.  Soon he had developed a drooling problem which progressively became worse as James aged.  A group a regents took power in Scotland for James until he was a teenager.  When he came to age, the regents did not want to give up the power, but enventually James I took the throne.
A sypmtom that began in his childhood and got worse as James got older, James was very paranoid.  His childhood fearfullness lead to him wearing diamond waistcoats while king to protect himself from being stabbed.
James had many tutors as a child.  The most notable, though, was Geogre Buchanan.  James intensely disliked Buchanan, but later on in his life praised the difficulty level that Buchanan set.  Buchanan taught James to be in the normal population, but as James got older he switched to more familiar ideas of the time.  Such as, divine right for a king.
A few high notes after James childhood:
At 23, James married Anne, daughter of Fredrick II, King of Denmark.  The two lovers had nine children.  At 37, King James IV of Scotland became King James I of England.  In 1625, James died.


The very man himself.

White as a ghost like everyone else then.
King James' father's death increased the turmoil of his childhood.


Better get him girls.  Handsome boys are few!
Young James