In 1603 King James I ascended the throne to become the first King of a united England and Scotland. There followed a period of increasing religious and political discord, culminating in the English Civil War. The Early Stuart Kings, 1603-1642 explores these complex events and the roles of the key personalities of the time - James I and VI, Charles I, Buckingham, Stratford and Laud.

chapter 1|13 pages

1James VI and the Elizabethan legacy

chapter 2|12 pages

2James I: religion and the Church

chapter 3|13 pages

3James I: Parliaments and finances

chapter 8|12 pages

8The coming of civil war