Filled with ‘a number of male lovelies’: the surprising court of King James VI and I
27 September 2017
In early September, there was a sudden upsurge in interest in the sexuality of King James VI and I. This was most likely due to a very popular tweet comprising part of a timeline of notable LGBT events in the UK and associated commentary from Tumblr users.
- More about that tweet and its impact (Caution: contains some very strong language)
For social historian Emma Dabiri, it’s no surprise that James was gay or bisexual — as his letters to George Villiers confirm, the two were in an intimate relationship.