Was James 1st the First Gay King?

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Portrait by Paul van Somer, c. 1620 (Wikipedia)

On March 24th 1603 James I became King of England, France and Ireland, having already been King of Scotland as James VI.  Wikipedia provides a detailed summary of his life and times which included such notables as William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, Guy Fawkes, his Mother Mary Queen of Scots, Sir Francis Bacon, John Donne, Ben Johnson and others.  During his reign the American colonies began to be populated with Jamestown in 1607.  Although he achieved much in the twenty some years of his reign he is probably most recognized for the official King James Version of the Bible.   James married 14 year old Anne of Denmark by proxy and they were finally united in England in 1590 when Anne was 15 years old and James was 23.  They produced three children and the youngest, Charles I, would succeed James as King, however, his favor of male company was well documented.  Many historians believe he had several male lovers within the nobility but was especially fond of George Villiers, the Duke of Buckingham.   Read more on Wikpedia here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_relationships_of_James_I_of_England.  The fact that the “gay” King is best remembered for the King James version of the Bible is a bit of irony that keeps me smiling every time I hear a bible-thumping Christian railing about homosexuality.  The word homosexual is not mentioned once in the Bible.  This article, also in Wikpedia does cite the origins of this misinterpretation by most Christians https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bible_and_homosexuality and is well worth reading.

 

 

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