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The Resource The king's assassin : the fatal affair of George Villiers and James I, Benjamin Woolley

The king's assassin : the fatal affair of George Villiers and James I, Benjamin Woolley

Label
The king's assassin : the fatal affair of George Villiers and James I
Title
The king's assassin
Title remainder
the fatal affair of George Villiers and James I
Statement of responsibility
Benjamin Woolley
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The rise of George Villiers from minor gentry to royal power seemed to defy gravity. Becoming gentleman of the royal bedchamber in 1615, the young gallant enraptured James, Britain's first Stuart king, royal adoration reaching such an intensity that the king declared he wanted the courtier to become his 'wife'. For a decade, Villiers was at the king's side - at court, on state occasions and in bed, right up to James's death in March 1625. Almost immediately, Villiers' many enemies accused him of poisoning the king. A parliamentary investigation was launched, and scurrilous pamphlets and ballads circulated London's streets. But the charges came to nothing, and were relegated to a historical footnote. Now, new historical scholarship suggests that a deadly combination of hubris and vulnerability did indeed drive Villiers to kill the man who made him. It may have been by accident - the application of a quack remedy while the king was weakened by a malarial attack. But there is compelling evidence that Villiers, overcome by ambition and frustrated by James's passive approach to government, poisoned him. In The King's Assassin, acclaimed author Benjamin Woolley examines this remarkable, even tragic story. Combining vivid characterisation and a strong narrative with historical scholarship and forensic investigation, Woolley tells the story of King James's death, and of the captivating figure at its centre. What emerges is a compelling portrait of a royal favourite whose charisma overwhelmed those around him and, ultimately, himself
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
VHEI
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Woolley, Benjamin
Dewey number
941.061
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • James
  • Buckingham, George Villiers
  • James
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
Label
The king's assassin : the fatal affair of George Villiers and James I, Benjamin Woolley
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000060652935
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxi, 342 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781509837069
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)1001820926
Label
The king's assassin : the fatal affair of George Villiers and James I, Benjamin Woolley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000060652935
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxi, 342 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781509837069
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)1001820926

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