Sir Francis Hastings and the religious education of James VI and I

Diana Newton

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This article contends that the confrontation between Sir Francis Hastings and the new king of England, in the winter of 1604-5, was of for more lasting significance in determining King James's religious policy than the Hampton Court Conference, which had left many grievances of the most dogmatic and zealous Calvinists largely unresolved. The showdown was prompted by James's apparent leniency towards Catholicism and his role in the peace process with Spain. James emerged from the encounter as a king of real political ability who turned the episode to his advantage; using the opportunity to 'tackle' the Catholic threat and'subdue' the nonconforming puritan ministers whilst also endeavouring to energize local government. Thereafter, he was able to defuse religious friction for much of the rest of his reign.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)917-934
JournalHistorical Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998

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