- Title Pages
- Introduction “Such Tales as Goes Here of Him”
- Prologue Out of the Spanish Labyrinth
- Part I The Authorized Version 1625
- Chapter One Cruel Fire
- Chapter Two The Greatest Funeral That Ever Was Known
- Part II Making the Secret History 1625–26
- Chapter Three Strange Tragedies
- Chapter Four The King’s Brave Warrior
- Chapter Five A Doctor Suspected of Papistry
- Chapter Six At the Sign of St Anne
- Chapter Seven “What Can Be Fuller of Wonder?”
- Part III Impeaching Buckingham 1626
- Chapter Eight Whale Fishing in Westminster
- Chapter Nine A Crying Crime
- Chapter Ten The Duke’s Pallor
- Chapter Eleven A True Clearing?
- Chapter Twelve Singing Lessons
- Part IV The Poisonous Favourite 1626–28
- Chapter Thirteen The Staple of News
- Chapter Fourteen Reaping the Whirlwind
- Chapter Fifteen London on Fire
- Chapter Sixteen Revolt Against Jehoram
- Part V Strange Apparitions 1629–49
- Chapter Seventeen Nero in Warwickshire
- Chapter Eighteen Eglisham Redivivus
- Chapter Nineteen Rome’s Masterpiece
- Chapter Twenty The Hellish Westminsterian Lie
- Chapter Twenty-One Under the Power of the Sword
- Part VI Speaking Reproachfully of the Dead 1649–63
- Chapter Twenty-Two Truth Brought to Light
- Chapter Twenty-Three Worse than Ravaillac
- Epilogue Scandalous and Libellous Discourses
Fever and Politics at Theobalds, March 1625
- (p.68) Chapter Three Strange Tragedies
- The Murder of King James I
- Yale University Press
This chapter returns to Theobalds in March 1625 in order to situate the initial recriminations over James' medical treatment and death within bitter disputes about foreign and military policy. During the final weeks of James' life, rumours and reports focused not only on his illness and death but also on the illnesses and deaths of other great men, and on the tense power struggle between James, Prince Charles, and the Duke of Buckingham over diplomatic and military policy. These political conflicts would profoundly affect how, why, and when the seeds of rumour and accusation surrounding James' final days would flower into a secret history of murder and betrayal. Approaching this highly complex process from multiple angles, shifting focus from events to their contested perception, shows how a sequence of political struggles and diplomatic and military crises intersected with reports about courtly illness and death.
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