A new title is in preparation called ‘James VI and I’ by Professor Glenn Burgess (University of Hull). Notes from 2009 at his university advise it was being researched and will be published by Yale, but as yet it has not appeared. This note was removed during 2015. As if to confirm this new release Amazon USA has an entry for this title including an ISBN - 9780300119206 - with a publication date of September 2016. Amazon UK has an even less helpful publication date of June 2013. The provisional date for this title was first given on this page as 2017. In February 2018, Yale UK announced on their English Monarchs page that the next new title in the series would be Elizabeth I in October 2020, later moved to October 2021, swiftly followed by the Elizabeth biography being removed from the list. Currently Elizabeth I has no publication date. Henry III will be released in May 2020, leaving James VI/I in third place with a date presumably later than both of these books.

Confirming the vendor’s listing of this book, Yale UK has posted this page in their online catalogue with the basic publication details and stating that it will be an English Monarchs title, but without a date. This is the last known Yale English Monarchs title in preparation. The Future Releases pages on this site discusses the remaining Monarchs yet to have a book in this series.

Professor Burgess has been at the University of Hull since 1994, but born and educated in New Zealand. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and already has many published titles to his name in this area of study. His new book on James, and that of the previous monarch by Simon Adams, will fill the large void in the English Monarch series and is most welcome indeed.

As a final note, a reader of this website in Los Angeles (thanks Lynne) has advised that Professor Burgess has had a series of promotions in recent years and is now the Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Hull. His dates of promotion slightly preceded the removal of the 2015 note that the book was being researched. This may indicate that work on the book will be delayed in favour of Professor Burgess’ academic duties.

A 1605 portrait of James attributed to John de Critz.

One of a number of similar paintings produced by John de Critz and his studio around 1605 and 1606, with small variations. It was used on the 1967 David Mathew book but given the Andy Warhol treatment.

James I  - In Preparation

For the purposes of this catalogue of English monarchs books we will refer to James I rather than the dual title James VI and I.


Book Number: 34

ISBN data

Hardback - 9780300119206

Link to the book's page at Yale

James VI and I

By Glenn Burgess (1961-  )

Professor of Early Modern History, University of Hull

Provisional Date: Unknown