The Encyclopeadia Britannica

The Encyclopeadia Britannica

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...he seemed to he Not one, hut all mankind's epitome." He was a profligate and a statesman, a musician, an alchemist, a writer of farces, and a courtier, --" everything by starts, and nothing long." He was radically fickle, and could not be faithful to any party. In 1671 his power was at its height. He had done much to bring about the dismissal of Clarendon, had formed the famous council called the Cabal, and was in fact prime minister of England. But the measures he and his associates passed were little calculated to allay the strong popular feeling against the Government. The Cabal was quickly dissolved, and Buckingham, with his usual versatility, at once became an ardent friend of the democratic leaders. Soon afterwards he seems to have been disgusted with politics, and gradually withdrew from court. After the death of Charles ho retired to his soat at Holmsloy in Yorkshire, and devoted himself to hunting and other country amusements. He died on the 17th April 1688, in the house of one of his tenants, having been seized with a fever produced by sitting on the damp ground after being heated with riding. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. Buckingham was the author of some farces, comedies, and miscellaneous poems, but he is chiefly remembered in English literature by the Rehearsal, a clever parody upon Dryden and other stilted tragedians. His works were collected in 1704. BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, John Sheffield, Duke Of (1649-1721), was the son of Edmund, second carl of Mulgrave, and succeeded to that title on his father's death in 1658. At the age of seventeen he joined the fleet in ihe war against the Dutch, but was not in any engagement. In 1672, however, on the renewal of hostilities, he distinguished himself by his bravery, more

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  • Paperback | 976 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 49mm | 1,706g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236742508
  • 9781236742506