The Parliament of 1626: The Reformation of the Duke?1
In 1626, the court conspiracy against Buckingham was too strong to be suppressed. For once, Buckingham's enemies combined. The quarrel with France united the anti-Spanish Pembroke and the mildly pro-Spanish Arundel in opposition to it. It also enabled the supporters of peace, such as Bristol and Williams, to join forces with war champions like Pembroke and Saye. In the attack on Birmingham, the concerns of court and country found a point of contact. The writs for the Parliament of 1626 went out as soon as the collection of the subsidies of 1625 was completed. Charles called the Parliament in time of open war for the sole purpose of obtaining supply. The chapter argues that what had been intended as an attempt to the reformation of the Duke nearly lead to the destruction of the country in an open war.
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