Gentlemen of James's Bedchamber enjoyed the king's lavish generosity and exerted such influence over the machinery of government that even the most important administrator of early Jacobean England -- Robert Cecil -- had to cultivate them to ensure his own position.
In fact, the story of Edward II -- which had already received a few pointed Jacobean rehearsals -- seems to have become urgently topical in England during the 1620s.
But at the same time, Osborne's memoir is generally considered to be an unreliable account of the Jacobean court fuelled by anti-Scottish sentiment and a resentful imagination.
The same resentments are also encoded as sodomirical in several of the Jacobean poems and libels transcribed and re-transcribed into commonplace miscellanies, newsletters, and journals.
With this in mind, I want to turn to a little known Jacobean manuscript poem -- "The Warrs of the Gods" -- which encapsulates the association between access and sodomy in ways that should remind us of Marlowe's play.
The inclusion of the figure in Carew's masque is a sign, therefore, of its ideological power as a trope for the perceived corruption of Jacobean favoritism.
Forker suggests that the reprinting of Marlowe's plays had to do with the acquired Jacobean topicality of the sodomite king.
Lewalski, 201-11, offers a succinct account of the Jacobean topicality of the story of Edward II and a fuller description of Gary's History.
Ballads, Libels and Popular Ridicule in Jacobean England.