1566-1625 King James ruled England, Scotland & Ireland. Elizabeth I had died without any children, so the English agreed to have a Scottish monarch because James was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots, thus the closest relative Elizabeth had. James was therefore the First monarch to be called King of Great Britain. This was the first time England and Scotland agreed to have the same monarch and was first monarch of England from the House of Stuart. While James was ruling, the Scottish and English governments were quite stable. But when his son Charles took over, the English Civil War began and ended in 1649 and Charles was executed. James believed in witchcraft. When he read “The Discoverie of Witchcraft,” he ordered all copies of the book to be burnt.

1566 King James was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and a great-great-grandson of Henry VII, King of England and Lord of Ireland (through both his parents), uniquely positioning him to eventually accede to all three thrones. James succeeded to the Scottish throne at the age of thirteen months, after his mother Mary was compelled to abdicate in his favor. Four different regents governed during his minority, which ended officially in 1578, though he did not gain full control of his government until 1583. In 1603, he succeeded the last Tudor monarch of England and Ireland, Elizabeth I, who died without a child. He continued to reign in all three kingdoms for 22 years, a period known as the Jacobean era after him, until his death in 1625 at the age of 58. It is likely that King James was a Freemason, at the age of 37, two years after becoming a Mason, James became the first Stuart king of England.

1603 After the Union of the Crowns, he based himself in England (the largest of the three realms), and he only returned to Scotland once in 1617, and styled himself “King of Great Britain and Ireland.” He was a major advocate of a single parliament for England and Scotland. In his reign, the Plantation of Ulster and British colonization of the Americas began.

1606 & 1609 The Plantation of Ulster in Ireland was an organized colonization by wealthy English & Scottish colonists during the reign of King James I. The official plantation began in 1609. An estimated half a million acres spanning SEVEN counties taken from Gaelic chiefs, most of whom had fled Ireland for mainland Europe in the 1607 Flight of the Earls, in Nine Year war against English rule in Ireland. King James wanted to settle Protestants in Ulster, a land that was mainly Gaelic-speaking and of the Catholic faith. The Scottish colonists were mostly Presbyterian and the English mostly members of the Church of England. The Plantation of Ulster was the biggest of the Plantations of Ireland.

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1567 James was only one year old when he was crowned king of Scotland. At the age of thirteen, King James was approached by his second cousin, a 24 years old, visiting from France, Esme Stuart d’Aubigny, for the first time. King James found himself strongly attracted to the Frenchman. That they were cousins did not seem to matter. King James showered Esme with gifts and political power, making him a member of the Privy Council, Gentleman of the King’s Bedchamber, and governor of Dumbarton Castle. Esme Stuart, soon became James’ biggest political influence. Historian Carolyn Bingham noted, “He (James) expected Esme to supply everything that he had always lacked and everything that he was now beginning to need: to be his family, his beloved, his friend, his mentor and counselor, and his constant companion.”

Through his youth, James was praised for his chastity, since he showed little interest in women. King James was affectionately called “Queen James”, by his closest subjects including in an official capacity by “Sir Walter Raleigh”. After the loss of Lennox, he continued to prefer male company.

A suitable marriage, however, was necessary to reinforce his monarchy, and the choice fell on the fourteen-year-old Anne of Denmark, younger daughter of the Protestant Frederick II. Shortly after a proxy marriage in Copenhagen in August 1589, Anne sailed for Scotland but was forced by storms to the coast of Norway. On hearing the crossing had been abandoned, James, in what Willson calls “the one romantic episode of his life,” sailed from Leith with a three-hundred-strong retinue to fetch Anne personally. The couple was married formally at the Bishop’s Palace in Oslo on 23 November and, after stays at Elsinore and Copenhagen and a meeting with Tycho Brahe, returned to Scotland on 1 May 1590. By all accounts, James was at first infatuated with Anne, and in the early years of their marriage seems always to have shown her patience and affection. The royal couple produced three children who survived to adulthood: Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, who died of typhoid fever in 1612, aged 18; Elizabeth, later queen of Bohemia; and Charles, his successor.

1589, James married Anne of Denmark and had a daughter and two sons. Many historians saw the arrangement as a marriage of convenience, since the couple was never really seen as a loving one.

1574-1619 Anne of Denmark was Queen consort of Scotland, England, and Ireland by marriage to King James. The second daughter of King Frederick II of Denmark, Anne married James in 1589 at age 15 and bore him three children who survived infancy, including the future King Charles I. Anne used Scottish politics in her conflicts with James over the custody of Prince Henry and his treatment of her friend Beatrix Ruthven. Anne appears to have loved James at first, but the couple gradually drifted and eventually lived apart, though mutual respect and a degree of affection survived. Anne died before her husband in March 1619.

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Throughout his life James had close relationships with male courtiers and was affectionately called “Queen James”, by his closest subjects. After his accession in England, his peaceful and scholarly attitude contrasted strikingly with the bellicose and flirtatious behaviour of Elizabeth. James male lovers included Esmé Stewart (later Duke of Lennox), Robert Carr (later Earl of Somerset), and George Villiers (later Duke of Buckingham). A Restoration of Apethorpe Hall, (2004–08), revealed a previously unknown passage linking the bedchambers of James and Villiers. It is likely that James was bisexual as James’s wife Anne gave birth to seven live children and suffering two stillbirths and at least three other miscarriages.

The Duke of Buckingham provides evidence that he slept in the same bed as the King, writing to James many years later that he had pondered: “whether you loved me now … better than at the time which I shall never forget at Farnham, where the bed’s head could not be found between the master and his dog.”

1625, James was plagued by severe attacks of arthritis, gout and fainting fits, and in March fell seriously ill and then suffered a stroke and died during a violent attack of dysentery, with Buckingham at his bedside. James was buried in Westminster Abbey. In the 19th century, following an excavation of many of the vaults beneath the floor, the lead coffin was found in the Henry VII vault.

King James Authorized King James Version of the Bible or the King James Bible (KJB). Was begun in 1604 and completed in 1611. The title page’s central text is:”THE HOLY BIBLE…Translations diligently compared and revised, by his Majesties special commandment. Appointed to be read in Churches. Imprinted at London by Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings most Excellent Majestie 1611.

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FACT: Most of the verses that Christians attribute in the bible to be anti-homosexual didn’t reappear in the Bible until 1946 when the Bible was revised and supposedly put into modern English by Luther Weigle, et al. The Bible was revised many times including 1881 and 1901 and infamous fake footnoted Scofield version (of 1909 & 1917) and other dates. There were 26 condemnations of homosexuality in the original Greek New testament with several in the Hebrew texts as well. It wasn’t until about 100 years after the church stopped performing gay marriages that “English” translations stopped deliberately mistranslating the texts to ignore homosexuality.

King James was openly homosexual and that was accepted in those times. King James has at least three favorite Male Lovers were Esme Stuart, Robert Carr, and George Villiers. King James addressed the Privy Council and writing:

“I, James, am neither a god nor an angel, but a man like any other. Therefore I act like a man and confess to loving those dear to me more than other men. You may be sure, that I love the Earl of Buckingham more than anyone else, and more than you who are here assembled…I wish to speak in my own behalf and not to have it thought to be a defect, For Jesus Christ did the same, and therefore I cannot be blamed. Christ had John, and I have George.”

King James letter to Buckingham: “I naturally so love your person, and adore all your other parts, which are more than ever one man had, that were not only all your people but all the world besides set together on one side and you alone on the other, I should to obey and please you, displease you, nay, despise them all.

King James also wrote to Buckingham: “I desire only to live in the world for your sake, and I had rather live banished in any part of the world with you, than live a sorrowful widow-life without you. And so God bless you, my sweet … ‘wife’, and grant that ye may ever be a comfort to [me] your dear … husband.

Even in death — On His Majesty’s left is the magnificent tomb of his lover George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham (1592-1628); and on his right is the tomb (with huge bronze figures representing Hope, Truth, Charity and Faith) of his other boyfriend, Ludovic Stuart, Duke of Richmond and Lennox (1574-1624)….his wife of was nowhere to be found.

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“If we make our solemn way thence to the Great Nave, we will come upon the effigy of one of the gayest of monarchs, King James I (1566-1625), whose tomb was lost and not rediscovered until 1869. On His Majesty’s left is the magnificent tomb of his lover George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham (1592-1628). (On his right is the tomb (with huge bronze figures representing Hope, Truth, Charity and Faith) of Ludovic Stuart, Duke of Richmond and Lennox (1574-1624), son of one of his earliest lovers, Esme Stuart.)”

Note: Esme had a family as well: a devout Catholic wife and several children back in France. His wife made several attempts to relocate to Scotland to be with her husband, but they were all denied by King James homosexual. Furthermore, no records have ever been found of Esme even wanting his wife around complicating matters. Esme converted to Protestantism, to the surprise of his family and countrymen in France. It appeared that Esme turned his back on them.

1582 James soon named Esme “Duke of Lennox”, making him the only duke in Scotland. But Esme’s presence in Scotland caused a great deal of resentment and hostility due to the various gifts and titles he received from young King James. 1582 The lords who opposed Esme kidnapped King James as he was returning from a trip and the conspirators justified holding King James by bringing together a lengthy list of charges against Esme, even blaming him for King James homosexuality. This way, they made Esme out to be a corrupter and they were trying to free King James from this homosexual corruption. But James refused to relinquish his love for Esme. However, the lords insisted that Esme must leave Scotland at threat of death and they complied and the two lovers never saw each other again. But James lived in constant hope of being rescued by Esme and they exchanged letters in secret up until Esme’s death in 1583 and James did not know of his death until much later.

1614 King James turned to George Villiers, the Duke of Buckingham for his support and advice on dealing with teenage Prince Charles. Many of their letters over a ten-year period have survived to the present day. In these letters, King James often addressed Buckingham as “Sweetheart,” and “Sweet child” and “wife,” and signed himself “Thy dear dad and husband.” A romantic gay relationship.

1619 Their love intensified as King James wife Queen Anne died. James fell ill not long after and he knew he would not recover and Buckingham seldom left his king’s bedside, but he was away when King James until he died in 1625. The powers that be cleaned up the homosexual affair by having Buckingham assassinated three years later. The powers feared that such an important historic figure, would have future generations view him as sexually perverted with many partners.

Oddly ironic, that a gay man brought Christianity to the same bigots who later oppressed homosexuals the past 400 years and continue to do so?

1617, King James Homosexual gave a daring address to the Privy Council, affirming his right to love men once and for all:

“I, James, am neither a god nor an angel, but a man, like any other.

Therefore I act like a man and confess to loving those dear to me more than other men.

You may be sure that I love the Earl of Buckingham more than anyone else, and more than you who are here assembled.

I wish to speak in my own behalf and not to have it thought to be a defect, for Jesus Christ did the same, and therefore I cannot be blamed. Christ had John, and I have George.”

If one were to translate this address into modern English, it would roughly sound like, “This is who I am, this is who I love. Get over it.”


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