Many are claiming that it is a well known fact that King James was a flaming homosexual. Fact or Fairy Tale?
King James the First of England, who was also King James the Sixth of the Scots, is currently the subject of historic revisionism. The push has gone out to paint King James as a flaming homosexual, apparently along with whatever aspersions this is supposed to cast on the King James Version of Scripture. The claim is that it is a well known fact. As for the well known portion of it, I can attest that this is not true as I had never heard such a thing until that point. I also couldn’t find a single Google reference to it the first time I searched for it. When I search now, several months later after first hearing of this, even now references are slim. So no, this is not well known, was not well known, and is in fact merely a campaign to…well I’m not sure what. Besmirch King James name? Invalidate the King James Version of Scripture? Both?
Must I remind people that infidels.org, dawkins.net, and Wikipedia are not the be-all end-all of knowledge? They’re not even a good place to start.
Let’s take a look at the facts, shall we?
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King James the VI of Scotland
James was born in 1566 in Scotland to Mary, Queen of Scots, cousin of Queen Elizabeth. At the age of one years old, Mary officially abdicated the throne in favor of James.
Growing up it became clear early that James was a scholar. He learned three languages besides English; being Greek, French, and Latin. However, being slight of build, people from early on mocked his appearance.
In 1589 he married Anne of Denmark, the daughter of Frederick the Second. Together they had eight children.
King James the I of England
When Queen Elizabeth died, his mother’s cousin, James ascended to the throne of England becoming James the First. He officially became King in 1603. His most notable act while King was ending the war with Spain allowing peace to flourish during his reign, and uniting the Kingdoms.
James survived not one, not two, not three, but four assassination attempts during his reign. The most notable attempt, named the Gunpowder plot, by Guy Fawkes an agent of the Roman Catholic Church. Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated to this day, not of course celebrating the assassin, but rather the survival of James and Parliament.