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The King’s Brave Warrior: The Making of George Eglisham, c. 1585–1620

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter details events in the life of George Eglisham from 1585–1620. Eglisham was born some time around 1585, probably in Hamilton about thirty-five miles southwest of Edinburgh. His name ... More


A Doctor Suspected of Papistry: The Unmaking of George Eglisham, 1620–25

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter details events in the life of George Eglisham from 1620–25. In the spring of 1621 Eglisham became ensnared in the first of a series of reversals that were to unmake the comfortable ... More


“What Can Be Fuller of Wonder?”: The Forerunner Makes Its Case

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter focuses on George Eglisham's book The Forerunner of Revenge and why it gained such an attentive domestic audience. The Forerunner was an undeniably skilful piece of writing, using ... More


At the Sign of St Anne: Printing the Secret History

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0009
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter presents the hitherto untold history of the making of George Eglisham's book The Forerunner of Revenge. It follows Eglisham from London to Brussels, from the fringes of the English court ... More


Eglisham Redivivus: The Secret History and the Case for War, 1642

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0024
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter considers the dramatic re-emergence and reinvention of Eglisham's story in 1642. Over the summer and fall of 1642, men mobilized for war as king and Parliament accelerated their search ... More


The Staple of News: The Forerunner and the Literary Underground

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0018
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter focuses on the early Stuart English literary underground that helped circulate copies of Eglisham's The Forerunner of Revenge. This literary underground had links to the Continent, but ... More


Nero in Warwickshire: The Secret History after Buckingham, 1629–40

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0023
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter discusses how Eglisham's most infamous work continued to percolate through English and Scottish political culture during the 1630s. Discussion of James' murder had not ended with ... More


Singing Lessons: Dissolution and Retribution

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0016
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter considers efforts to manage the fallout from the dissolution of the 1626 Parliament. The regime struggled to stabilize the situation, finding alternative, though controversial, means to ... More


The Hellish Westminsterian Lie: The Secret History and the Crisis of the English Revolution, 1648

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0026
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter discusses the exchange of sophisticated, emotive polemics between Parliament and the Royalists as the English Revolution approached a climax in 1648. Charles' failure to execute justice ... More


London on Fire: Buckingham the Popish Poisoner

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0020
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This last two years of Buckingham's life was engulfed by critique and scandal. Elements of the secret history appeared in many forms — seditious talk and rumour, verse libel and underground print, ... More


Rome’s Masterpiece: Civil War Polemic and the Murder of James I, 1643–45

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0025
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter discusses the widespread assimilation of Eglisham's secret history into the most powerful strain of Parliamentarian political discourse: the fear of a long-standing, many-stranded popish ... More


Truth Brought to Light: The Secret History and the Defence of the English Republic, 1650–53

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0029
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter examines publications in the early 1650s about James I's murder. Official newsbooks mined early Stuart scandals to ward off the threat of resurgent Royalism, while other publications ... More


Revolt Against Jehoram: Thomas Scott Reads George Eglisham

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0021
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter analyzes Thomas Scott of Canterbury's reading of The Forerunner. Much of what Scott had to say about Buckingham the poisoner recalls other contemporary assessments of the favourite ... More


Scandalous and Libellous Discourses: The Murder of James I from Partisan History to Forensic Medicine, 1663–1862

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0031
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This epilogue explores how later writers kept the debate over the murder of James I alive well into the nineteenth century. The attribution of James' murder to a nefarious Catholic conspiracy, ... More


Worse than Ravaillac: Exorcizing Eglisham and the King-Killers, 1655–63

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0030
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter discusses the secret history's shifting place in contemporary political imagination from 1655–63. As the revolution stabilized under Oliver Cromwell, it no longer seemed quite so ... More


Conclusion: The Shadows from Theobalds

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0032
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This concluding chapter presents some comments on the significance of the present study on James I's death for students of early modern Britain. It argues that while there is space for reasonable ... More


A Crying Crime: The Parliament-men Investigate the Death of James I

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0013
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter focuses on the parliamentary investigation into James I's death. It details the testimony of royal physicians before a twelve-man select committee, which confirmed some of Eglisham's ... More


The Duke’s Pallor: The Forerunner and the Assault on Buckingham

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0014
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter focuses on the parliamentary attacks against the Duke of Buckingham. Initially, Buckingham reacted calmly to the mounting criticism. In a speech on 30 March he insisted that ‘it has been ... More


A True Clearing?: Buckingham’s Defence

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0015
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter considers the defence of the Duke of Buckingham. To find a ‘true cleering’, Buckingham had to make an ‘honorable satisfactory answer’ to the charges against him. The first twelve, while ... More


Under the Power of the Sword: Blood Guilt and the Regicide, 1648–49

Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

in The Murder of King James I

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300214963
eISBN:
9780300217827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214963.003.0027
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter focuses on the Army's detention of Parliament-men on 6 December 1648 and the subsequent trial and execution of Charles I. It discusses how the secret history helped legitimate and even ... More


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