When Durham Welcomed King James I

King_James_I_of_England_and_VI_of_Scotland_by_John_De_Critz_the_ElderThe Records of Early English Drama North -East project presents its latest “Flower of the Month” – an intriguing find from the archives of the region. This month’s “Flower” concerns the visit of King James I, who stopped off in the city of Durham en route to Scotland. In a ceremony on Elvet Bridge, he was officially welcomed by the mayor, and was presented with a silver gilt bowl.

To read the welcome speech – and to find out about a less celebratory reaction to his visit, in the form of a controversial poem written by one of the city’s apprentices – visit the Records of Early English Drama North-East blog. The REED NE project is currently seeking applicants for a three-year funded PhD studentship; see this post for more details.


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