James I: Henry V’s Scottish protege

When James I took his seat on the Scottish throne in 1424, his nobles were shocked by his extravagance and aggression – a style of kingship that he learned, writes Gordon McKelvie, from an unlikely source

A portrait of King James I of Scotland. James was taken prisoner by the English in 1406, and it would be 18 years before he was freed to take the reins of power in his native nation. (Photo by Bridgeman Art Library)

This article was first published in the September 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

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