Clarendon: Principal Advisor 1660-67

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Describe Charles' personality
Saw criticism as a sign of disaffection like his father, found it difficult to trust as him himself wasn't trustworthy, extravagant- known as the party king, had a lot of mistresses and illegitimate children
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How did Miller describe Charles?
Chaotically informal
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Why did Charles' court provoke religious fears?
Had many Catholics in there e.g. Catherine of Braganza, henrietta-Marie, his brother James & the style of the court was shaped around the French
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What did Smith says about Charles' court?
The court reinforced all of the country's worst fears about the crowns authoritarian ambitions
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What role did the Earl of Clarendon have in Charles' court?
Principal advisor 1660-67
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Describe Clarendon's personality
Business-like approach, studied every detail, however he was very arrogant and self righteous which meant that he didn't build a good relationship with parliament and in the process alienated Charles
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What weakness did Clarendon show when working with the privy council?
His personality meant that he couldn't manage the council to gain a support base
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What relationship did Clarendon have with parliament?
Not a good one, he allowed opposition develop because he did not approach them very well
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What was the ultimate weakness of Clarendon's time in office?
His relationship with the king because this led the king to use him as a scapegoat
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What did the king blame Clarendon for?
His wife not being able to have children- no heir, failure of the Dutch war even though Clarendon persuaded the king to not go to war, jealous ministers, sale of Dunkirk, Clarendon Code & his daughters marriage to James- seen as protecting his oower
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Who were Clarendon's rivals in court?
Arlington and Buckingham (from the cabal)
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How did Clarendon's time in office end?
He was forced to resign- his opponents pushed for his impeachment but the House of Lords refused to out him in the Tower of London
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What did Miller say about the proposal of Clarendon's impeachment?
The commons showed little interest
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