A “witty, well-read scholar” but a “nervous driveling idiot”. Who is famed historian Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859) describing?

Answer: King James I and VI of England and Scotland (1566 – 1625). James was known both for his intellect but also his range of bad habits, including swearing and excessive drinking.

Source: Macaulay by Robert E Sullivan

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