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The Murder of King James I$
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Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300214963

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300214963.001.0001

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Nero in Warwickshire

Nero in Warwickshire

The Secret History after Buckingham, 1629–40

(p.366) Chapter Seventeen Nero in Warwickshire
The Murder of King James I

Alastair Bellany

Thomas Cogswell

Yale University Press

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 Buckingham's assassination in 1628. Contemporaries continued to circulate and read copies of The Forerunner, and other documents on the secret history, as they tried to understand what had gone so wrong under Buckingham's rule. In one particularly sensational case, elements of the secret history found their way into a play about the Emperor Nero, his favourite, and the problem of tyranny, a drama written, and perhaps even performed, in the English provinces during the 1630s. Despite the surface calm of the Personal Rule, the political culture remained frayed and, on some questions, deeply polarized; and memories of the 1620s remained dangerously contested.

Keywords:   George Eglisham, The Forerunner of Revenge, secret history, James I, murder, Emperor Nero, tyranny, Personal Rule

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