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Dangerous TalkScandalous, Seditious, and Treasonable Speech in Pre-Modern England$
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David Cressy

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199564804

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564804.001.0001

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Words against King James

Words against King James

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(p.90) 5 Words against King James
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Dangerous Talk
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David Cressy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564804.003.0005

This chapter looks at the people who spoke ill words about James. About the worst that anyone said of James I was that he was foreign, and that a Scot should not wear the crown of England. One or two people called the king a fool. A few suggested that the king was unreliable in religion. One or two imagined his death. But scandalous and treasonable remarks, of the kind that dogged the Tudors, quieted down or move to a lower register. There was gossip about Jacobean courtiers and politicians, but with little dangerous talk about the king. Grumbles and grievances led dozens of Jacobean subjects to speak themselves into trouble, but their voices were mere irritants to the Stuart regime. James I was secure on his throne, and secure in himself, and chose not to over-exercise himself about minor insults to his honour.

Keywords:   King James, Scot, Catholic disgrace, Puritan sedition, Jacobean subjects

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