Son of Mary Stuart (aka Mary,Queen of Scots). King of Scotland for 35 yrs before K of England in 1603. Descendant of H VII. Believed in absolutism, well educated, and politically shrewd. But not good at majesty and mystiques of monarchy as E I had been. Lacked common touch. Disliked as foreigner by English who resented his accent, frivolous behaviour, male lovers(Duke of Buckingham), spendthrift practices, etc. Bored parliament with lectures on absolutism and belief in divine right.