SUMMARY

In this podcast I do something a little different, reading the text of King James I & VI’s short 1604 tract called A Counterblaste to Tobacco.

You can hear an introduction to this tract in the previous episode (HIP013).

Show notes

In this episode I read the tract discussed in episode 13, that is King James’ A Counterblaste to Tobacco, which was published in 1604, shortly after James became King of England.

This short book was intended as strong propaganda against what he called ‘this vile custome’ (i.e., habit) of smoking.

This is an updated edition of the book, written in contemporary English to make the early 17th century language more accessible.

The reading is not of the whole of King James’ book, I have selected the main introductory and concluding passages, approximately half of the total volume. For the sake of making the episode a reasonable length, I omitted the discussion by King James of the what he considered (in the theory of the time) the medical arguments for the benefits or otherwise of smoking.

A short book containing an introduction and my rendition of King James’ counter blast against tobacco is available on Amazon.

For a full text version of the introduction (which formed the basis of episode 13 of this podcast) see:

An introduction to ‘This Vile Habit: King James’ Counter Blast to Tobacco’

A version of this book in its original language can be found here:

And a copy of the book on Project Gutenberg is here:

 

Useful links

The text of this episode can be found in the book This Vile Habit: King James’ counter blast against tobacco, which is available on Amazon.

The discussion of this text, which formed the previous episode (HIP103) can be found in written form here:

An introduction to ‘This Vile Habit: King James’ Counter Blast to Tobacco’

A version of King James’ book in its original language can be found here:

And a copy of the book on Project Gutenberg is here:

 

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