Moreover, James inherited a war with Spain, a huge drain on finances. Lord Morton was consequently tried, convicted and then executed in ; power was thenceforth held by the King himself, rather than by a regent. James wrote a letter that year detailing a list of complaints he now had against Carr, including Carr withdrawing himself from James' chamber despite the King's "soliciting to the contrary.
The legality of such an action was challenged in by the merchant John Bates; the Court of Exchequer, however, ruled in the king's favor.
Wilson viewed James I as a poor king. For one, the dramatic increase in population size England saw during the period.Furthermore, courtiers and office holders had very low official salaries, and therefore relied on grants from the crown and other forms of patronage. In total, James, contrasted to his predecessor, Elizabeth, who had only created eight new peers during her year reign, raised 62 individuals to the English Peerage. These Acts were extremely unpopular; his clergy opposed and denounced him, attempting to keep his influence under control, lest he grow so powerful as to be bold enough to disestablish Presbyterianism. Lord Salisbury died in The legality of such an action was challenged in by the merchant John Bates; the Court of Exchequer, however, ruled in the king's favor. Under him, much of the cultural flourishing of Elizabethan England continued; science, literature and art, contributed by individuals such as Sir Francis Bacon and William Shakespeare grew by leaps and bounds during his reign. His reign is also regarded as significant because it directly preceded that of Charles I and the subsequent outbreak of the Civil War in England, Scotland and Ireland. Their marriage, furthermore, was a particularly difficult one. He suggested to the king that the manor and land at Sherbourne could be handed over to Carr as it had belonged to the imprisoned Sir Walter Raleigh. In many ways, James I faced no problem as difficult as trying to unite the kingdoms of England and Scotland. It is hoped that the documents will offer them a chance to develop their powers of evaluation and analysis and support their course work.
So, although several factors outside his control did harm royal finances did negatively affect royal finances, he could perhaps have done more to rescue the situation he found himself in. However, the decline of the English wool trade can be partly blamed on James, in the form of the Cockayne project.
Historian and poet George Buchanan was responsible for James' education. With the crown deep in debt, James blatantly sold honors and titles to raise funds.