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George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham
attributed to William Larkin, and studio of William Larkinoil on canvas, circa 161681 in. x 47 in. (2057 mm x 1194 mm)Given by Benjamin Seymour Guinness, 1952NPG 3840
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03 March 2017, 12:10
To say that he was assassinated by a fanatic is as far away from the truth possible.
He started out as King James' 'toy boy' and was responsible for the deaths of many brave Soldiers and Sailors. On one of his expeditions to assist Elizabeth and Frederick of the Palatinate, he failed to realise that a Protestant army would not be allowed to disembark into Catholic Ports, to fight a Catholic Emperor. The men starved to death on board ship and their bodies thrown onto the shores of Holland to be eaten by pigs.
Fenton was no fanatic and even though the Royals would like us to see George as misguided, Fenton did the World a favour by ridding it of Buckingham.
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