To what extent was Buckingham to blame for the dispute between Charles and his parliaments between 1625 and 1629?
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December 14, 2013
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He was responsible for the marriage treaty between England and France, his first mistake was that he made the treaty preferential to the French Catholics, at a huge cost to the English, Henrietta Maria was allowed to practise Catholicism freely, thus recusanscy laws throughout the realm were enforced less sternly...
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This caused resentment amongst the protestant English. The increased influence of Catholic courtiers in the English court ? predominantly Henrietta Maria's entourage infuriated parliament to adopt a firm attitude against Buckingham, he was described as "the grievance of grievances". The marriage treaty also promised to send a fleet of protestant English ships to kill the Huguenot revolt in France ? which meant that England was not supporting Charles was less shrewd than his father James, and always felt he had less of a sure touch with Buckingham, therefore Charles felt the need to protect Buckingham in every way possible...
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