As an end-of-the-year project, in Literacy, we started to work on the topic of London. As an icebreaker I got the students fully immersed on a short guided visualisation. The effect of this London visualisation (mindfulness-based and (Read more…)
When Queen Elizabeth I died with no heir in 1603, James VI of Scotland became King of England. It was the beginning of the Stuart Dynasty.
James I Stuart 1603-1625
James was the son of Mary Stuart who had been condemned to death by Elizabeth I in 1587
As James the VI of Scotland he united the two kingdoms of England and Scotland under one crown with the name of James I
He was a protestant, unlike his mother
Like the Tudors, he worked with a small council of ministers
He only summoned Parliament to ask for money
He surrounded himself with Scottish favourites and his court was disreputable, corrupt
That caused a pessimistic view of human nature we can recognize in the works of two famous playwrights of the time, Ben Jonson and William Shakespeare (especially in his last works: Henry VIII , Othello, Macbeth, The Tempest)
In spite of the difficult times we are living, we cannot stop dreaming. These days we are dreaming about a future trip to London. Let’s start planning what to pack because one day our dream will come true.