K is for King James Hepburn (Oh, Wait…)

PG 869Okay, so James Hepburn, the 4th Earl of Bothwell, was never technically king. He was married to Queen Mary of Scotland, but he wedded her in such a scandalous way that if her kingdom had not already been in jeopardy, that would have done it. As it was, it was pretty much the nail in her monarchical coffin. It was also pretty badass. I’m shocked he hasn’t had movie made purely about his courtship of Mary Stuart.

But, much as I adore the story of Mary Queen of Scots and her Earl of Bothwell, this is not a history post. This is a superficial post with no redeeming scholarly merit whatsoever. This is a post about the fact that, for some strange, unknown reason (and clearly not accounting for taste), I have the major hots for James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell. He could seriously get it.


So here’s to you JH. You may not have quite grasped the crown of Scotland, but you will always be King of My Heart.

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16 thoughts on “K is for King James Hepburn (Oh, Wait…)

    1. Ya know…I was *thisclose* to making a historical post and then I went…”nah!”

      Its been fun…challenging me to think a little bit about the type of posts I want to make, and doing it daily. There are some letters coming up I am not looking forward to!

    1. Just read it and left a comment…great write-up!

      I thought I was the only one as well. I’ve read everything I can get my hands on with him. I don’t have a tendency to romanticize history, but I’ve always believed he really loved Mary and that he was one of her only genuine supporters. It reminds me a little bit of Antony and Cleopatra…just a few small tweaks to their strategy could have changed the course of history significantly.

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