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James was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and a great-great-grandson of Henry VII, King of England and Lord of Ireland. This gave James a claim to the thrones of England, Ireland, and Scotland. He reigned in all three kingdoms for 22 years until his death in 1625 at the age of 58. This period is now known as the Jacobean era.\n\nThis speech by King James summarizes his belief in the divine right of kings. It has been excerpted and adapted by Actively Learn staff.