The King’s As­sas­sin; the fa­tal af­fair of Ge­orge Vil­liers and James 1st

Ben­jamin Wool­ley, £20, Pan/ Macmil­lan, 9781509837069

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A lit­tle way from the county of Nor­folk, hid­den in deep Northamp­ton­shire coun­try­side, is Apethorpe House or Palace as it is some­times known. Here in the vast Ja­cobean man­sion, King James and his love had rooms side by side and they hunted deer in the land­scape park. For many years the love story of King James and Ge­orge Vil­liers was rife, with the ru­mour that the king had been poi­soned. Now his­to­rian Ben­jamin Wool­ley tells the story of the king’s death and how he was most likely poi­soned by his for­mer protégé and lover. An in­trigu­ing his­tor­i­cal de­tec­tive story about foren­sics, roy­alty and the search for power.

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