Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ex-Pub's Dandy of a History

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ex-Pub's Dandy of a History

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There is a saying that all political careers end in failure. But the complicated love life and politicking of 17th century dandy George Villiers ended particularly badly.

Villiers was born in Leicestershire in 1592 to a comfortably-off local family who, after his father's death, sent him to train to be a courtier.

A crash course in dancing, fencing and French placed him swiftly into a world comparable with today's Made in Chelsea set and, by the time he was 21 years old, Villiers was becoming a favourite of the monarch, James I. The king promoted him through the ranks of the nobility partly because, many historians believe, he fancied the famously good-looking Villiers. By 1623 he had been recast as the Duke of Buckingham and later Lord Admiral of the Fleet. …

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