Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
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.
Ploger, Verne Roy, "The Duke of Buckingham, harbinger of disaster" (1958). Student Work. 382.
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