||[Aug. 8th, 2017|03:38 pm]
This is the greatest progression of events I have ever read, where’s my historical gay romance novel about this
KING JAMES, CAN YOU CHILL?
Local King Cannot Stop Promoting His Boyfriend
where’s the lush period drama about this series of events?
fun thing about king James, this guy was fairly public about his bf (more public than what was acceptable). He threw lots of extravagant parties with his man on his arm. It pissed off the church obviously so to get them off his back, he’s the one that ordered the third translation of the Bible from Hebrew to English (the King James Version aka the Authorized Version) so the Bible every hot blooded all American Christian reads today was literally just written so a very gay king could fuck his boyfriend in peace.
And the King James Bible was translated with the most homophobic interpretations possible as a way of getting back at the King. It is not the only Bible that American Christians read (for one, it’s a Protestant Bible, so Catholics don’t use it, for two, it’s not a very good translation) but it is the Bible used by evangelical Christians in the U.S., in some cases the ONLY Bible permitted for a congregation.
So if you see someone shouting Bible verses at you or waving signs at you, remember they are the spiritual descendants of King James’s enemies. Tell them to go fuck themselves and go make your boyfriend a Duke.
I’m working on an alternate history where James the first went all ‘fuck it’ and demanded Villiers be recognised as a royal consort.
This being an AH where this sort of thing was a bit more acceptable, there was still a huge uproar and the Church of England wasn’t sure where to come down on this because a) being gay still wasn’t considered all that great but b) they were still a little too close to a king getting pissed off at a church for not recognising his lover and burning their shit down.
Thankfully the Catholic church steps in at this point and goes down heavily against the King’s proclivities. The Church of England is hugely relieved because homosexuality might be an iffy subject but everyone hates the Catholics, and sides with the king.
Basically if you read my progressive victorian au, this is part of the backstory.