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Post by Perdita » Mon January 31st, 2011, 9:25 pm

Are there any novels about the court of James I? I've read The King's Daughter by Christie Dickason which was really good and got me wanting more from that era.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Mon January 31st, 2011, 9:56 pm

Jean Plaidy's The Murder in the Tower is set in his court (I'm reading it now as my treadmill reading, but as I haven't been on the treadmill lately, I can't comment much on it).
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon January 31st, 2011, 10:05 pm

Thomas Costain, For My Great Folly, involves the court of James and England under his rule.

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Post by Perdita » Mon January 31st, 2011, 10:22 pm

Thanks a million, I'll check them both out! :)

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Post by annis » Tue February 1st, 2011, 4:56 am

Jeremy Potter's Disgrace and Favour is partly set in James' Scottish court, but also covers the period when he becomes King of England. It features several of the same characters as P F Chisholm's Sir Robert Carey series, including Sir Robert himself.

Fairly predictably, Nigel Tranter had a go with a novel called Right Royal Friend, told from the POV of James' cupbearer.
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Tue February 1st, 2011, 4:33 pm

There's 'Wife to Great Buckingham' by Hilda Lewis.

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Post by Perdita » Tue February 1st, 2011, 10:45 pm

[quote=""annis""]Jeremy Potter's Disgrace and Favour is partly set in James' Scottish court, but also covers the period when he becomes King of England. It features several of the same characters as P F Chisholm's Sir Robert Carey series, including Sir Robert himself.

Fairly predictably, Nigel Tranter had a go with a novel called Right Royal Friend, told from the POV of James' cupbearer.[/quote]

Thanks Annis. I've just had a look at Right Royal Friend on Amazon and it got a 1* review, ouch! The reviewer said she/he bought the book expecting it to be brilliant because it was by Nigel Tranter but it was awful. Tranter died in 2000 apparently but the copyright date was 2003 with the name of a woman author. A bit strange!

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Post by princess garnet » Wed February 2nd, 2011, 1:26 am

The Serpent Never Sleeps by James O'Dell features James I early on in the story.

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Post by annis » Wed February 2nd, 2011, 5:24 am

Posted by Perdita
I've just had a look at Right Royal Friend on Amazon and it got a 1* review, ouch! The reviewer said she/he bought the book expecting it to be brilliant because it was by Nigel Tranter but it was awful. Tranter died in 2000 apparently but the copyright date was 2003 with the name of a woman author. A bit strange!
Tranter wrote truckloads and his work varies wildly from pretty good (Bruce Trilogy) through to a lot of just pedestrian work and also some downright awful stuff. I haven't read Right Royal Friend myself, but unfortunately it sounds as if it might be one one of the latter! Personally I don't think I'd ever label Tranter brilliant.

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Post by Carla » Wed February 2nd, 2011, 3:10 pm

There are several historical spy thrillers by Martin Stephen set at and around the court of King James I/VI in London, starring the fictional adventurer/spy Sir Henry Gresham (a sort of James Bond type). King James is a secondary character in 'Conscience of the King' (review here: http://www.carlanayland.org/reviews/conscience_king.htm). I don't know if he features much in the others.
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