Situation in 1603

Positive and negatives regarding the situation when James I ascended to the throne

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  • Situation in 1603
    • Finance
    • Religion
      • Pressure on James to please everyone.
    • Spanish war
    • Opposition in Court
      • There were those who opposed James being offered the throne. There was a plot to remove him from the throne and replace him with his cousin. I was put together by some leading noblemen.
        • The plot failed and many involved, including Sir Walter Raleigh were imprisoned.
    • Priveleges
      • Parliament was anxious to establish that James understood its privileges since the Scottish parliament had very few powers.
  • Pressure on James to please everyone.
  • Some of the Puritan element hoped for church reform from James. Some Catholics hoped he would relax the penal law.
    • Religion
    • James inherited his Chief minister Robert Cecil from Elizabeth. He was very competent and James was lucky to have him as a minister, he was also a ruthless politician.
      • Government Ministers
        • Situation in 1603
          • Finance
          • Spanish war
          • Opposition in Court
            • There were those who opposed James being offered the throne. There was a plot to remove him from the throne and replace him with his cousin. I was put together by some leading noblemen.
              • The plot failed and many involved, including Sir Walter Raleigh were imprisoned.
          • Priveleges
            • Parliament was anxious to establish that James understood its privileges since the Scottish parliament had very few powers.
    • On Elizabeth's death England was at war with Spain. However the war had become a stalemate.
      • Elizabeth had been financially careful so the royal house had been running within budget. In the short term the financial situation was healthy.
        • In the long run problems loomed. Spent a lot of money on war and inflation became a problem.
      • Positives
      • Negatives

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