Fit for a King: The Manuscript Psalms of King James VI/I

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The article presents a reading of Psalm James and reveals insights into the character of King James VI/I and his desire to pattern himself after King David and more broadly how monarchy was constructed in the Stuart era. Scholars agree that monarchial verses are attempts to display and wield power but James is distinguished from other monarchs by connecting himself to David's kingship and his ambitions as a poet. His translation is also seen as a way for James to fight back against his enemies especially the Genevan Psalter the Scottish Kirk so prized.

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