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Greg
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Books set in the court of James VI & I

Post by Greg » Tue April 12th, 2011, 2:50 am

In the theme of this discussion I come across a novel set after a fashion in the Scottish court of James VI a few years before he gained the English throne. I found it dare I say a rollicking adventure and a lot of fun.
It was PF Chisholm's Sir Robert Carey's A Surfiet of Guns. As I said I found it quite amusing since it portrays the Scottish court as conniving, treacherous, duplicitous and up for hire. As for James, well with a court like that it no wonder he shot off to England at the first opportunity.

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Post by SGM » Tue April 12th, 2011, 7:36 am

[quote=""Greg""]In the theme of this discussion I come across a novel set after a fashion in the Scottish court of James VI a few years before he gained the English throne. I found it dare I say a rollicking adventure and a lot of fun.
It was PF Chisholm's Sir Robert Carey's A Surfiet of Guns. As I said I found it quite amusing since it portrays the Scottish court as conniving, treacherous, duplicitous and up for hire. As for James, well with a court like that it no wonder he shot off to England at the first opportunity.

Regards Greg[/quote]

I agree, its a really fun read.

But, unfortunately, James did not escape the Scottish court when he gained the English throne. He merely took it with him -- to the dismay of the English court.
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Post by annis » Tue April 12th, 2011, 5:20 pm

I really enjoyed Patricia Finney's Sir Robert Carey mysteries. Jeremy Potter covered similar ground in his novel Disgrace and Favour, written in 1975.
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Post by JRTomlin » Thu April 14th, 2011, 11:35 pm

Oh, James VI... Too bad.

I would love to find a novel about James I. A much more interesting king. Anyone know of one?

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Post by SGM » Fri April 15th, 2011, 7:34 am

[quote=""JRTomlin""]Oh, James VI... Too bad.

I would love to find a novel about James I. A much more interesting king. Anyone know of one?[/quote]

Tranter's - Lion Let Loose is about James I, I think. I haven't read it yet but its around somewhere.
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