The King’s Assassin; the fatal affair of George Villiers and James 1st
Benjamin Woolley, £20, Pan/ Macmillan, 9781509837069
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.