During the English Civil War he was captured but fled to exile on the continent.
See Article History Alternative Titles: Buckingham was extremely unpopular, and the failure of his aggressive, erratic foreign policy increased the tensions that eventually exploded in the Civil War between the royalists and the parliamentarians.
He became master of the horse inearl of Buckingham inand lord high admiral in By using his power both to elevate and to enrich his relatives, he alienated the upper classes from the crown. But the arrogance of Buckingham—James had already created him a duke May 18,the first known in England since the execution of the duke of Norfolk —contributed to the collapse of the marriage negotiations.
He then returned to London and, with parliamentary backing, pressured James to go to war with Spain. The marriage he arranged between Charles and the French Roman Catholic princess Henrietta Maria failed to bring about an Anglo-French alliance, and it angered Parliament by raising the threat of a Catholic succession to the English throne.
Hence, a bill to impeach the duke was introduced in Parliament in May In order to save him, Charles dissolved Parliament in June. Meanwhile, England was drifting toward war with France. In June Buckingham personally took command of an 8,man force sent to relieve the port of La Rochellea Huguenot French Protestant stronghold under attack by French government troops.
After a four-month campaign in which Buckingham showed bravery—and an ignorance of the arts of war—his shattered army was compelled to withdraw.
The Parliament of tried to force Charles to dismiss the favourite, but the king was unflinchingly loyal to his friend. Five days later he was stabbed to death by John Felton, a naval lieutenant who had served in his campaigns and who misguidedly believed that he was acting in defense of principles asserted in the House of Commons.
The populace of London rejoiced at the news. Learn More in these related Britannica articles:George Villiers, 1st duke of Buckingham: George Villiers, 1st duke of Buckingham, royal favourite and statesman who virtually ruled England during the last years of King James I and the first years of the reign of Charles I.
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