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What made the experience of listening to Majestie the most enjoyable?
I chose this book as I was looking for a good bio on King James to follow up the bio I finished on his mother, Mary Queen of Scots. I was pleased with the transition as this particular book also gave some back story to Mary Queen of Scots. It didn't, however, overlap too much and almost gave a whole other view of her based on how James viewed her. The book Majestie gives a unique view of James that is critical but fair. I also enjoyed the perspective on the translation of the Bible and the history of this translation. It even goes into other translations like those of Wycliffe. I think this is a great book for anyone who enjoys royal history or Bible history.
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I just started listening to this and am not sure I will continue. I may get a refund and find something else as this is read more like a textbook than the entertaining historical fiction of Philippa Gregory (et al) that I am used to. Although it may be more historically precise, the delivery is much more dry.
Partly a biography of King James, partly an account of the writing of the King James bible, this ends up feeling like two half-written stories which never amount to more than the sum of their parts. There are interesting passages about James's life and character - clever, witty and literate; smelly, foul-mouthed and apt to lose his reason when meeting a handsome lad in tight hose - but whenever Teems really gets going he declares that further detail would be undignified and the story stutters. He also offers interesting facts on the overlaps between the bible's translators and William Shakespeare, who prospered under James's patronage. Once again though we get an outline of the events rather than the fuller exploration that the subject warrants. So I was left frustrated and the narrator's utter inability to pronounce English and Scottish names was an added frustration. Not sorry I bought it but an all-round three stars.