Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. A. Stanley Trickett


This study is an attempt to trace the influence of George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, on the early Stuarts. The effects of the influence of Buckingham may be found in the general revulsion of the English people against favorites. This revulsion has its beginning in the story of Robert Carr and the murder of Overbury. The failure of the government, comprised of men who held office by virtue of the Duke's favor, demonstrated to the leaders of the House of Commons the incompetence of Stuart rule. While Buckingham lived, the blame for one defeat after another was placed at his door. Charles' defense of his friend against the combined opposition of the majority of his people opened a gulf between the King and his subjects too great to be bridged and led to his ultimate downfall.


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Department of History University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1958 Verne Roy Ploger

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