The favorite of two kings, immensely rich, all-powerful in a kingdom which he disordered at his fancy and calmed again at his caprice, George Villiers
, Duke of Buckingham, had lived one of those fabulous existences which survive, in the course of centuries, to astonish posterity.
Such is that memorable story of the ghost of George Villiers
, which might with more propriety have been made a present of to Dr Drelincourt, to have kept the ghost of Mrs Veale company, at the head of his Discourse upon Death, than have been introduced into so solemn a work as the History of the Rebellion.
But the complicated love life and politicking of 17th century dandy George Villiers
ended particularly badly.
It was the long-lost portrait of George Villiers
, the 1st Duke of Buckingham, who was a lover of the Scottish king.
The portrait of George Villiers
, 1st Duke of Buckingham was thought to be a copy of the lost original.
Edward George Villiers
Stanley was the man responsible for the raising of the Liverpool Pals battalions.
Envy is present because Arundel, head of the English aristocracy, considered being the 'eagle' beneath the Stuart throne his birthright, only to have it stolen from him by the royal favourite George Villiers
, 1st Duke of Buckingham.
This was a period marked by fierce quarrels between the couple over matters such as the French Catholic members of the queen's household and the ever-present George Villiers
, "who occupied first place in his [the king's] affections" (93).
Whilst undertaking research on the 'diplomatic correspondence of Sieur Michel Le Bon' in Sweden, Sellin stumbled upon evidence that George Villiers
, the Duke of Buckingham, possessed a document revealing the secret location of Sir Walter Raleigh's gold mine.
12) The song targets George Villiers
, duke of Buckingham (1592-1628), the controversial favourite of Charles I.
Favourites and courtiers such as George Villiers
, Duke of Buckingham and the Marquis of Hamilton vied to build great art collections because they bequeathed prestige and authority and earned the favour of the king.
The prospect of further elaborate wedding masques, even for his last favorite, George Villiers
, eventually Duke of Buckingham, may have seemed distasteful indeed to an insecure and brokenhearted king, perhaps reminding him of time, money, and love lost on a dimwitted protege and his perfidious spouse who repaid his generosity with monstrous ingratitude.