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A brilliant history of the succession of James I of England, and the shifting power and lethal politics that brought him to the throne. In the dawn of the 17th-century when Mary Queen of Scots was dead and Elizabeth I grown old, the eyes of the English turned to Mary's son, James VI of Scotland. Leanda de Lisle's book focuses on the intense period of raised hopes and dashed expectations between Christmas 1602 and Christmas 1603, during which Elizabeth died, James was crowned and the ancient enemies of England and Scotland were ruled by one monarch for the first time. With its focus on a narrow space of time, this immensely readable history illuminates a wider period, telling in dramatic detail how the suffocating conservatism of Elizabeth's rule was replaced with that of the energetic James. It is a story in which fortunes were made and lives lost as courtiers vied for wealth and influence. As well as painting a superb portrait of Court life, de Lisle explores the forces that shaped James's life, his separation from his mother and the violence of his Scottish kingdom; his marriage to the vivacious Anna of Denmark and the failed rebellions, government corruption and religious persecution which set the stage for James's accession to the throne of England. Drawing extensively from original sources and contemporary accounts, this vivid account of the cusp of the Tudor and Stuart centuries brings to life a period of glamour and intrigue that marked the beginning of a new age.
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/ Includes PS Section A brilliant history of the succession of James I of England, and the shifting power and lethal politics that brought him to the throne. / A story with widespread national appeal and of particular interest in Scotland. / Strong special sales opportunities alongside traditional retail outlets. / Leanda de Lisle is a very well-connected journalist who writes a column in the Guardian and in the Spectator.

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Leanda de Lisle was educated at Somerville College Oxford, where she took an honours degree in Modern History. A successful journalist and writer she has been a columnist for the Spectator, the Guardian, Country Life and the Daily Express as well as writing for Daily Mail and Sunday Telegraph. She lives in Leicestershire with her husband and three children. This is her first book.

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'Riveting ! Brilliantly recaptures the uncertainty and intrigue rife in the country and court at the key moment when Tudor England became Stuart Britain ! A well-researched and well written book' Mail on Sunday 'De Lisle brilliantly captures the atmosphere of dangerous uncertainty and furtive intrigue that characterised the last years of Elizabeth's reign ... yet there is far more to this account than well-observed period detail. In particular it recaptures the dangerously unrealistic hope that attended the Scottish king's accession ! there is much here to savour. AFTER ELIZABETH succeeds impressively in illuminating the moment that effectively creates British history' Sunday Telegraph 'Splendid ! Manages skilfully to keep you hooked. This is a dense, dark story but one where the modern parallels are but one element that keeps you turning the pages' Independent 'Leanda de Lisle zeroes in on 1603 - the year spanning Elizabeth's death and James's coronation - and packs it so full of action that by the end it is hard to believe only twelve months have elapsed ! A fascinating story' Literary Review 'In this splendid book, by rookie historian Leanda de Lisle, a thrilling narrative grows where few suspected there was much of a story ! De Lisle's book is a narrative triumph; this is history at its best' Sunday Express 'Compelling ! de Lisle captures well the backroom politicking ! the book takes its place in a heartening trend in historical studies: the disruption of stale narratives by the recovery of the multiple possibilities of a moment in time' Sunday Times 'This masterly account recaptures superbly the edgy, wary feel of court and country at the key moment when Tudor England was transformed into Stuart Britain.' Andrew Roberts 'This is an original, informative, absorbing account, written with verve and style.' John Guy 'A deep and fascinating account. Leanda de Lisle's close focus draws us into palace corridors, country houses and city streets where the excitement, intrigue and danger of the times are palpable.' Jane Dunn 'A lively, colourful account of the later years of Queen Elizabeth 1 and the acccession of King James V1 of Scotland as King of England in 1603 ! Readers will enjoy this fluently written book' Evening Standard 'Lively, original, entertaining and, at times, unexpectedly moving' Tablet 'Reads like a thriller' Conde Nast Traveller 'Leanda de Lisle's lively account gives us an enjoyable insight into the tense transitional period between the Tudor and Stuart eras. She has a sure grasp of her story ! Skilfully capturing the fluctuating mood of the time, she brings into vivid focus Elizabeth's edgy final weeks and the opening months of James's reign' Spectator 'A tremendous read ! the political groupings ! are deftly presented and the issues at stake clearly explained' Scotland on Sunday

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