James I & Anna of Denmark

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James I

Born: June 19, 1566 at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Died: March 27, 1625 in Hertfordshire, England

Reign: March 24, 1603 – March 27, 1625

Coronation: July 25, 1603

Father: Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley

Mother: Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland

Siblings: None

Spouse: Anna of Denmark

Wedding: November 23, 1589

Marriage: Uneven. At times, James I was said to prefer the company of men over women and the couple fought bitterly over custody of their eldest son, Henry. By the time the couple set up in court in England, they mainly lived apart. That said, earlier in their marriage they were said to be fond of one another and whatever estrangement took place did not preclude the conception of seven children.

Children: Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales; Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia; Margaret Stewart; Charles I; Robert Stuart, Duke of Kintyre; Mary Stuart; Sophia Stuart

Famous for: Governing both England and Scotland; an attempted assassination that eventually resulted in Guy Fawkes Day

 

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Anna of Denmark

Born: December 12, 1574 at Skanderborg Castle, Denmark

Died: March 2, 1619 at Hampton Court Palace

Consort: March 24, 1603 – March 2, 1619

Father: Frederick II, King of Denmark

Mother: Sophie of Mecklenburg-Gustrow

Siblings: Elizabeth of Denmark, Duchess of Brunswick; Christian IV, King of Denmark; Ulrik, Bishop of Schleswig; John of Denmark; Augusta of Denmark, Duchess of Hostein-Gottorp; Hedwig of Denmark, Electress of Saxony; John of Denmark, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein

Spouse: James I

Wedding: See above

Marriage: See above

Children: See above

Famous for: Hosting elaborate masquerades