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King James VI and I and the Reunion of Christendom

King James VI and I and the Reunion of Christendom


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Part of Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History

  • Date Published: September 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521793858

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  • This book shows King James VI and I, king of Scotland and England, in an unaccustomed light. Long regarded as inept, pedantic, and whimsical, James is shown here as an astute and far-sighted statesman whose reign was focused on achieving a permanent union between his two kingdoms and a peaceful and stable community of nations throughout Europe.

    • A major assessment of the achievements of James VI and I, a monarch who has usually been maligned by historians
    • Concentrates on James's diplomatic and religious initiatives, and creates a picture of the effects of his reign
    • Makes an original contribution to the study of European and religious union during the period
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    • Professor Brown Patterson has won the Albert C. Outler Award of the American Society of Church History

    Reviews & endorsements

    '… weightily documented and authoritative in style … it should definitively quash the old idea that James was nothing more than an ineffectual pedant who fancied himself a theologian.' Church Times

    '… scholars will be grateful to Patterson (and Cambridge University Press) for the comprehensiveness of this work … this is [a] book which will define its particular subject for a long time'. The Virginia Quarterly Review

    'Patterson's … prose is so lucid and his narrative so clear that general readers … will enjoy and learn much from this book.' The American Oxonian

    '… meticulously documented and well written. It fills a significant void in the re-evaluation of James's reign.' Renaissance Quarterly

    '… Patterson writes lucidly, treats other historians with appropriate irenicism, and should succeed in pushing Jacobean ecumenism from the margins into the mainstream of current historiography.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

    'This important volume is the culmination of many years' work on King James and his ecumenical commitments.' English Historical Review

    ' … elegant and important'. The Downside Review

    ' … meticulous, profoundly-researched'. Oxford Academic Journals

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521793858
    • length: 430 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Scottish reconciler
    2. Call for an ecumenical council
    3. Oath of allegiance
    4. Foreign visitors
    5. The Synod of Tonneins
    6. Relations with the Greek Orthodox Church
    7. Marco Antonio De Dominis
    8. The Synod of Dort
    9. Outbreak of the Thirty Years' War
    10. Last years and conclusion

  • Author

    W. B. Patterson, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee


    • Professor Brown Patterson has won the Albert C. Outler Award of the American Society of Church History

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