This book is about a bloodthirsty and often terrifying period of British history, when the nation was divided and at war with itself and a number of other countries in Europe. The Great Plague killed people in London and fire destroyed much of the city. There was even a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament! This period also saw fantastic advances in scientific knowledge and the creation of some of the most beautiful art and architecture. Our book begins with the King of Scotland, James VI, becoming King of England.