"the first was a prominent Jacobean"

The Jacobean Era refers to the period of time in which James I ruled England and Scotland, from 1603-1625. The word Jacobean comes from the Hebrew name Jacob, from which the name James is derived. Following the illustrious reign of Queen Elizabeth I, this 22-year period is remarkable for its advances in literature and philosophy, and its dramatic changes to the nation as a result of imperialism. James presided over a volatile time in British history, and the country emerged from his reign a changed nation.