On James's accession to the English throne there was a saying Rex fuit Elizabeth, nunc est regina Jacobus (Latin for "Elizabeth was King, now James is Queen"). The start of his reign was marked by the failed Gunpowder Plot (Guy Fawkes was discovered with barrels of gunpowder in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament, 5 November 1605).
The King James Bible
James's lasting legacy is the Authorised Version (or King James Version) of the Bible, published 1611.
James was married and had seven children (and is the ancestor of all subsequent British monarchs), but was noted for his relationships with men, including Esmé Stewart (Duke of Lennox), Robert Carr (Earl of Somerset) and George Villiers (Duke of Buckingham). "His habit of fondling [his young favourites], and especially Buckingham, in public gave rise to suspicions of baser intimacies in private, but these are not proved." However James's book Basilikon Doron condemns sodomy as a crime "ye are bound in conscience never to forgive".
- Godfrey Davies, The Early Stuarts (Oxford History of England), 1937, p 2